The joy of reading leads to a lifetime of learning and pleasure. With this in mind, our preschool teachers focus on phonetic development through the use of Montessori materials, games, stories and a variety of complementary activities. Sensorial experiences aid in memorization of sound to letter correlation. The children learn to trace or print each letter as it is introduced and then, as progress takes place, they are encouraged to spell words using moveable alphabet letters. As the children gain confidence, they will start to print words, put them into sentences and continue on to make up their own stories.
Each child's developmental progress is closely observed and as readiness is gained, they will begin a reading program in which they take beginner books home to read with their parents. This partnership, with the parents and the preschool working together, will generally lead to a successful reading and writing experience that becomes a wonderful basis on which to start grade one.