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xThe Great Lesson

See the Great Lesson :: Story of Writing

Prepare a simple, yet interesting story of Language for the child. Different theories on the origins of the spoken word will catch the child's attention if they are offered as tales with captivating examples about what "must have happened" when the first human beings tried to communicate with each other expressing their needs, ideas, feelings, concerns. True facts about the first symbolic representations of those same words with samples of primitive pictographs, hieroglyphics and alphabets will give the child motives of admiration and gratitude and a desire of expressing with them his own feelings and thoughts. Modern technology applied to communication will be understood by the child within the context of human progress throughout centuries of work and patient research.

Understanding how English evolved in the past, and how it keeps changing now, will result in a realisation of the importance of this language and in an awareness of beneficial interdependency of peoples -many tributary streams have formed the great river of English -. English contributes now to bring unity through communication.

The Great Lesson of Language, as that of Mathematics, must continue over the years bringing to the attention of the child the main events in the history of communication, and the amazing treasures of knowledge and artistic creation preserved and transmitted to us by equally amazing means of communication. Applying to all these activities is a fundamental principle: a human need and the urge of satisfying it.

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x6-9 Language :: Scope & Sequence

 

  • Word Study:
    • Formation and meaning
    • [Root/Affixes/Combinations/Similarities and Dissimilarities/Derivations]
  • Function of Words: Parts of Speech
    • Grammar Boxes:
      • The Noun and the Article
      • The Adjective
      • The Verb
      • The Adverb
      • The Preposition
      • The Pronoun
      • The Conjunction
      • The Interjection
  • Sentence Analysis:
    • The Phrase
    • The Sentence
    • The Clause
    • Degrees of Dependency

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xIntroduction

Language is the framework upon which all other elementary studies lay. It is the vehicle that, in distinct turns, is examined, erected, and then embraced as the means of exploring related elementary disciplines. Development of strong creative writing and composition skills provide the impetus, initially motivating an enjoyment of the creative process, and later, by including each student in the work of editing, as further refinement of the same. A more formalized, individual presentation of grammar, spelling, and sentence analysis skills enriches each student's efforts.

The sensitive period for language occurs between the ages of 6-8. The child is interested in understanding language and its component parts: words, their meaning, their function, and their relationships with one another. Dr. Montessori's materials apply the principle of isolation of difficulty, which allows the child to individually explore the elements of language .

Because of the nature of the materials, they must be presented to children in the 5 - 8 age range.

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