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Introduction

The Reading Analysis focuses on full sentences and allows the child to become familiar with the structure of full sentences.

Before beginning these Exercises, the child must have worked with the function of words Exercises in the Total Reading section. With this background knowledge, the child advances in his study of his home language through such Exercises as Word Study where he is introduced to more interesting word groups. In the Simple Sentences Exercises the child is highlighted the functions of various parts of speech, which reveals the pattern of words in phrases. This will prepare the child for an ease of reading complete sentences.

Reading Analysis is presented in two stages:

In the first stage, paper material is used and the teacher works with the child throughout the series. He becomes familiar with the actions and objects of these actions. The child also absorbs the procedure used to find the subject and object. Transposition is used to show order. After sufficient work with the teacher and with the paper materials, the child is introduced to the wooden materials. After the presentation done by the directress, the child works on his own to analyze simple sentences. In stage one, acting out the sentence gives the child a sensorial experience of the words. This adds to his understanding and supports his comprehension. In stage two, the child works alone with the prepared materials and may, of his own volition, drop out the acting.

In the word study Exercises, the child works with compound words, words with prefixes or suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, words of gender, collectives, habitat, and voice sounds can be given. The different ways to give plurals are presented. Cardinal and ordinal numbers, context words, and other categories of interest to the child are all part of word study. These are reading Exercises and can be seen as an extension to classified meaning.

The analysis of sentences and word study Exercises employ the skill of writing and reading. Sensitivity to language keeps the child interested and allows the child, in the end, to have gained a deeper understanding of the language he speaks.

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