There are many assumptions made when it comes to early literacy and childhood education. Not all of them are accurate. Provided here are a list of resources on Montessori education, early childhood reading, and related topics. We will continue to build this resource list and add additional information.
From ZeroToThree.org: Early Literacy
“Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. This relatively new understanding of early literacy development complements the current research supporting the critical role of early experiences in shaping brain development.”
From EarlyMoments.com: 10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids
“What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.”
From PBS Parents: Toddler Reading Milestones
“…your toddler learns about reading through everyday experiences with books. Simply through reading with adults, your toddler learns that books contain lots of interesting pictures and words and that stories show her worlds to explore.”
Montessori Classroom Comparison
From Parents.com: What Your Kid Will Learn in Preschool
Find out the key learning milestones of the preschool years and how you can help your child achieve them outside of pre-Kindergarten.
Evaluating Montessori Education – AAAS/Science 313, 1893 (2006); by Angeline Lillard, et al.
This analysis of students’ academic and social scores compares a Montessori school with other elementary school education programs.
Articles by University of Virginia professor Angeline S. Lillard
Department of Psychology.
See page 17 particularly
An Answer to the Crisis in Education – great overview of Montessori in contrast to the factory system of public education.