From Collean —
Thoughts from other Montessori teachers on Language Barriers...We did our best to give presentations and offer work that would build his vocabulary and help him connect with us, but just being immersed in the language every day, and having the opportunity to work independently in the prepared Montessori environment and experience success at his own accord worked wonders. He felt so accomplished and empowered at even the smallest daily victories over his language barrier that he became incredibly eager and worked hard to expand his vocabulary and communication skills. He was a true testament to the sensitive period for language and the amazing capabilities of the absorbent mind!
By the end of his second year, he could speak the language and had better grammar than many of our children for whom English was their first language. He loved to learn and improve, and he advanced further into the curriculum than the majority of the children I have worked with over the years. His parents were equally astounded as he made it his own personal responsibility to teach English to his younger sister so that she would be well prepared to start school. When he graduated kindergarten, my co-teachers and I could hardly believe that this was the same little boy who entered our class 3 years before and didn't have the words to tell us what he wanted. I think of him very fondly and am positive that his future will be bright.
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Saturday, August 11, 2012.