Austin Language Centre

Using language and communication with young children is crucial for their success in school and beyond. Preschool language development activities should be part of each day in the classroom, and also at home.

When a child enters our language centre we see that language is starting to blossom as toddlers expand their vocabulary from single into multiple-word phrases. Our teachers continually model language and engage toddlers in rich conversations, by providing a language-rich environment through art, stories, music, rhymes and self expression. These activities encourage your child’s progress towards achievement of two-way communication:

Speaking is only one form of communicating. Reading and writing are also an essential part of the language process. The preschool years play a vital role in laying the foundation of skills on which future literacy is built.

Vocabulary expands from a few hundred words to a few thousand and word comprehension takes off during the preschool years. Our preschool programs and curriculum provide children with opportunities to integrate listening, speaking, early reading, and writing into daily activities: The Montessori Phonetic Reading Material progresses in difficulty, leading the children to a more abstract understanding of the words with each presentation. The same progression is used for each classification of words: short vowel sounds, consonant blends, and long vowel digraphs. As the child progresses through the phonetic patterns, the teacher introduces them to literature through reading aloud. This helps the child to communication his feelings in well-formed sentences and in writing.