Language lies at the root of that transformation of the environment that we call ‘civilization’.
How is language encouraged in the Montessori prepared environment?
Language is something that I can’t explain. It is absurd for me. What I know is I am able to speak to communicate what is on my mind to other people, but the process how did it happen I barely remember it. Before I learn about Montessori, I used to think that language is something that comes naturally. I thought it was something ridiculous if children learn how to write and how to read in early age because I was thought that eventually children could done it easily. Well, I guess I was wrong all this time and sure I am ...view middle of the document...
Many languages were developed. As the result of progression in reading and writing, economic, political and social developments were possible. Throughout the development of languages it leads to the transformation of the environment we call ‘civilization’.
“Language is an instrument of collective thought” (The absorbent mind, page 108). Language is the ability to understand speech and a desire to express feelings and thoughts. What differentiates human beings from animals is language. Through language we experience human emotions and knowledge. So yes language development is an essential and crucial part of the child’s overall development because it is strongly connected with thought, cognitive development, reading and writing skills. In mastery of language the child expands their knowledge and it helps them take their place in society. As we can see now person who speak rude wont be able to socialite with someone who has manner. Person who can speak bilingual most likely will have a nice job. Not only is language help to communication it is needed to expand knowledge, giving children information about the external world, people and objects. It is through communication that human beings are able to work together with each other to solve common problems. It is through communication based on written and oral language in specific that each generation has passed on its collecting insight to the next. “Language, we may say, grow with human thought” (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, page 109).
In my opinion it is easier to speak than to write and read. I remembered when I was in elementary school at English class, my teacher ask me to read this short paragraph and retell the it to my friends without reading the book. I need more time to understand it and I have to be able to retell it with my own language. “Writing and nature could not be associated. Generally writing is the result of painful and disagreeable preparation in school. It evokes the memory of dry effort, of pains suffered and punishment inflicted” (The formation of Man, page 28).
“Our experience, however, has been that writing precedes reading, although this is contrary to what is commonly held” (The discovery of the child, page 229). Child can read a short story but doesn’t mean she can understand it, or when child can write a simple word that is also not a guarantee that she can read. “A child does not read until he receives ideas from the written word” (The discovery of the child, page 229). So yes it does need more high intelligent when it comes to reading. The way adult and child learn about language is totally different. For a child they absorb everything at unconscious mind but for adults they are agreed or consciously willing to learn French, learn English. “This is not the result of conscious work. It is something done at unconscious level in the mind” (The Absorbent Mind, page 111). At sensitive period of child’s life they sees, hears, and knowledge many things...