As part of the total Montessori approach to the development of language, here are the stages to having the keys to write and read in English, according to Muriel Dwyer:
Feel free to browse the previous stages at will. We have printable materials and references to go along with these stages. Now, we are at Stage 9!
Stage 9: Phonogram Sorting Exercise
In Montessori, phonogram sorting is a common activity used to help children identify and manipulate phonograms. This activity involves providing the child with a set of cards, each containing a different phonogram.
The child must then sort the cards into groups based on the sound the phonogram makes. For example, the child may sort “ai,” “ay,” and “a-e” into a group for the “long A” sound. This gives the child the necessary practice to memorize the different phonograms.
This activity helps children develop their phonemic awareness and strengthen their understanding of phonograms. This also helps the child memorize the various phonogram families.
How to Use the Phonogram Sorting Cards
- The child begins with two folders (of different key sounds) at first, until he is able to work through all 13 folders.
- Then, the child gets the cards and mixes them.
- After, he shall sort them back to their correct folder or under the card with the red writing. He can check at the back of each card for control of error.
You can find the Phonogram Sorting Cards here. It includes 13 phonogram families, 42 key sounds, and around 400 words in total.
By mastering phonograms, children are able to decode words and understand their meanings, which in turn helps them become confident and successful readers and writers.