"If Montessori does not use spelling tests or workbooks in the classroom, typically, then how can you incorporate spelling and vocabulary lessons into your daily activities?" one mom asked me recently. Great question, but before I answer it, here is a quote from my Montessori language document:
"How can we help to build the child’s vocabulary? There are various ways, but we have to keep in mind first and foremost that words without experience are nonsense to a child. One cannot just increase [her] vocabulary. If you wish to increase the child’s vocabulary, we do not start by teaching words, but by increasing the child’s field of experience. Then we have to make sure that the child gets the exact word by which to express his experiences.