Early Reading ~ The Gateway to Learning (online)

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Montessori Continuing Education Course

Age of Montessori Early Reading & Writing Online Course

Start Dates: 
April 14, 2020
June 9, 2020

What You Learn in the Early Reading and Writing Course:

  • How children are naturally ready to learn to read before 1st grade!
  • Creating a learning environment – simply and easily
  • How to work through reading and writing problems
  • Games that make reading and writing fun
  • Everything you need to understand how a child learns to read and write

The Early Years are Critical for Learning to Read and Write

Ensure that your students are learning to write and read with the Age of Montessori’s online Teach Reading and Writing the Montessori Way course.

For Early Childhood Teachers, Classroom Assistants, and Daycare Providers

To help your children learn habits of mind that lead to comprehending what they read, we begin with some easy-to-use activities for expanding children’s vocabulary and oral comprehension skills. It all starts with making the most of the stories you read aloud to toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Our Montessori reading master teachers’ four decades of experience and research created a clear and easy Montessori program to follow: sounds, letters, words and sentences. After laying a foundation of expanding vocabulary and setting the patterns for comprehension, we begin with sounds and phonemic awareness – which is the child’s ability to identify and work with the individual speech sounds that make up words. Next, students learn to match the speech sounds to letters and learn to recognize and write each letter by its sound.

Once children master sounds and letters, they are ready to write and read by putting those letters into words. Finally moving naturally to sentences and connected text, and then handling those pesky English spelling patterns that we all have to learn.

Despite American education’s 60% failure rate teaching reading skills, Montessori teachers know that this statistic can change once teachers and parents find out how early and naturally children can learn to read.

6 Week Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction and How to Work in Your online course

The online course is highly interactive. You will be reading, watching videos, and discussing what you are learning with your teacher and fellow students in the online forum. Teachers review and gain greater understanding with:

  • Information about what to do in each unit
  • Online and offline text to read
  • Online video excerpts to watch
  • Assignments to be submitted online for evaluation.
  • Forum discussions – a popular and helpful feature – enjoy dynamic interchanges with others about the unit topics.

Unit 2: Development of Language: Oral Comprehension

Language is one of the four great avenues of learning. The scope of helping the child develop his ability to communicate verbally is a task made joyful by Montessori.

In Unit 2,learn the fundamentals of oral comprehension, a primary building block of early communication. You will have the opportunity to watch the video presentation on oral comprehension from Age of Montessori’s Royal Road to Reading DVD 1.

You will also begin dialoguing in the Forums with your instructor and fellow students. Other students will have the opportunity to read what you have posted and begin discussions. Finally, your written assignment for this unit is a one-page evaluation of two goals of oral comprehension.

Unit 3: Development of Language: Vocabulary

Research clearly shows that words are highly significant in the development of the child’s brain. In Unit 3, learn about the importance of vocabulary the Montessori activities to stimulate its development.

Unit 4: Foundations of Early Reading: Sounds and Letters

In Unit 4, explore how the young child learns sounds with phonemic awareness materials. Phonemic awareness, or how spoken words are broken down into their individual sound parts, is required for learning to read. You will also learn ways to teach the alphabetic principle, how letters represent speech sounds and that printed letters can be turned into speech. You will view videos and narrated slideshows on learning to read.

Unit 5: Writing and Reading Words and Sentences

In Unit 5, we invite you to discover the process and materials that help the young child learn to read and write. You will explore how literacy is acquired, from writing letters to reading entire books.  You will be using The Royal Road To Reading DVDs and the Hands-On Learning Materials developed by Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed. and Randall Klein, both early reading specialists.

Unit 6: Problems Learning to Read and Write

In Unit 6, you will learn about two challenges in learning to read and write: (1) dyslexia, a learning disability that involves difficulties in acquiring and processing language, and (2) autism, a developmental disorder characterized by impaired communication with others, among other behaviors.

You are also invited to watch Like Stars on Earth, a feature length film about a dyslexic boy in India, which you will very much enjoy! Your Forum in this unit is a response to this video in discussion with your classmates.

We are pleased to welcome you on this journey of the early reading and writing for the young child. Maria Montessori’s profound understanding combined with the reading expertise of Mary Ellen Maunz and field experience of Randall Klein provides us with a clear and sure path to follow. We know this information will prove of practical use to you.

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Start Dates: April 14 & June 9,
August 11, October 13, 2020
Cost: $469

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