For more than 100 years Montessori-based activities have been effectively used as a system of synthetic phonics. The three year old child is introduced to this phonics program through the marvelous “sandpaper letter” material. It is the “absorbing” of the combined sounds and symbols through three senses that makes this program effective.
The four year old child graduates into cursive writing, only to be followed by reading. The child’s ability to read is built on a strong foundation of phonemic awareness. Fairport Montessori Academy offers an extensive language program which includes the development of oral language, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics, as well as children’s literature.