Due to our multi-age classroom design, our youngest students are constantly exposed to the older children in the class who are already reading. The total environment of the Primary classes (3 to 6 years-old) tends to create and reinforce in our young children a spontaneous interest in learning how to read. We begin to teach reading as soon as that interest is first expressed.
Metal Insets, sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, and word building and reading are all keys to language development. After years of scientific observation and analysis, Dr. Montessori came to the conclusion that the time for acquiring the skills of writing and reading was around the 4 to 5 year old period. While not ends in themselves, the acquisition of language opens the doors of learning. And so, the Montessori child does learn to write and read when he is young, and with these tools, the world is at his fingertips through the written word.