Which comes first – writing or reading? In our Primary classroom , ages 3 to 6, we introduce children to new words, we name items and learn about them. For example: a bird has a beak and feet (not mouth and legs). We enrich the vocabulary through pictures and items. For example: how do you know the difference between a forest, savanna, desert and an ocean? check this pic.
We teach the English and Hebrew alphabet letters (in a phonetic format) for ages 3.5 and 4. Only then our 4 years old children start writing words – with specific materials.
We proceed from that into reading, using different cards, the move-able alphabet. We practice quite a bit our hand form and exercise of control, hand grip and more with Tracing forms.
The next stage (age 5 and up) are working on Creative Writing, Forming Sentences and Grammar Analysis of sentences. Once reading is happening organically and naturally in the class, we move forward. This advance work requires a hefty amount of self control and concentration. It is fun and enriching work, with games and exciting materials. This is how we prepare our children for their work in the Kindergarten level.