Vocabulary Enrichment (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Vocabulary Enrichment (Montessori)

In Montessori education, Vocabulary Enrichment refers to the active process of expanding the child’s vocabulary during the highly receptive 3-6 years of age. This age is marked by an exponential increase in vocabulary, and to nourish this innate inclination for language acquisition, children are introduced to a variety of words associated with different areas such as biology, geometry, geography, and the qualities found in the Sensorial Material.[1] According to Montessori, the child’s absorbent mind absorbs these new words ‘rapidly and brilliantly.’


Montessori Quotes

  • “The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”[2]
  • “The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.”[3]