Language Appreciation (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Language Appreciation (Montessori)

In Montessori education, Language Appreciation is a fundamental component where children are immersed in rich and expressive language experiences from their earliest days in the Montessori classroom.[1] This includes opportunities to listen to true stories about known subjects, told with enthusiasm, as well as exposure to songs, poems, and rhymes as part of the daily life of the class. The teacher models the art of conversation and listens respectfully to her young students. Children are also encouraged to explore beautiful books with realistic images, further enriching their appreciation of language.


Montessori Quotes

  • “We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration.”[2]
  • “The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”[3]