“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.

Language is woven into every area of the curriculum. It includes phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and handwriting. As the child builds vocabulary and understands the idioms and nuances of language, he begins to realize that not only can he hear language, he can see language. We take advantage of the child's heightened sensitivity to touch and introduce the letters of the alphabet with Sandpaper letters which the child traces with his fingers and absorbs as a muscular memory.

The sounds of the letter are given with this lesson instead of the name of the letters. Then the child begins to connect the sound and make simple phonetic words and later compose sentences using wooden carved out letters called the Moveable Alphabet.

With the Moveable Alphabet, the child is able to express himself before he has control of the pencil. The Metal Insets help the child with holding of the pencil and lightness of touch. The filling in of the exercise gives the child practice for the strokes of writing and for keeping the marks within constrained space. When the child is able to compose words with these three exercises, the child has everything he needs to "explode" into reading.

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