There exist numerous scientific publications about how much good it is to read books to a child every day. Forming a bond between a parent and a child, satisfying the child’s emotional needs, supporting the child’s mental development, teaching the child to use language correctly, improving the child’s concentration and developing the child’s imagination are just a few examples of why it is worth reading to children. Bearing in mind the child’s overall and harmonious development, we decided that reading aloud to children every day will be a regular part of the daily routine in our kindergarten. Following the Montessorian principle of a prepared environment, children have free access to books – at any time of the day they can choose an item that interests them and watch it independently or with their peers. Additionally, while relaxing, children and the teacher choose books to read aloud. While reading, we try to create an atmosphere that fosters relaxation – we dim the light, turn on the lamp, children assume the most comfortable position for themselves. Of course, we remember about voice modulation, interaction with children, conversation about the plot, characters, so as to actively involve preschoolers in the reading process. All these procedures mean that children associate reading with pleasure and relaxation.
What’s more, every day children can bring in their favorite that they read together with their parents at home. This creates an opportunity for the children to share experiences, talk about their favorite books, and inspires the children to play characters from their favorite fairy tale. Awakening the love for books from an early age – both at home and in kindergarten, will certainly result in the future of willing, independent reading of our children.
Sound games appear at the very beginning of Montessori language education – their objective is to teach the child to recognize specific sounds before he learns the corresponding graphic signs. That way, we show the child that every word they use consists of sounds – that is, speech units. This game is a natural bridge between a specific sound and its symbol – a letter that the child learns at a much later stage.
ZWhen starting to play sound games, the child should be able to name things in the environment, form sentences, develop clear speech. In pre-school, we start to play the first sound games with the smallest children.
As the name suggests – sound games are a form of fun with specific goals and rules:
Children love sound games, during walks to the park they often play together or with the teacher, saying: I see a thing starting with “aaaaa” – what is it?
Sound games can be successfully played at home. Children are very eager to search for items in their rooms with a specific sound in their name or ask their siblings and parents to find a given item.
You are encouraged to play with your children!