Science of Learning to Read

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori

There is only 5 more days to register for the Cincinnati Montessori Society Conference on March 5th. There are so many amazing speakers talking about all different topics!

One breakout that looks interesting is brought to you by the staff at Mt. St. Joseph University

The Montessori Method and the Science of Learning to Read with Laura Saylor, Susan Zoll PhD, Matasha Feinberg, NBCT, MeD: 3-6, 6-9

A great deal of scientific research has articulated how reading should be taught in our schools, however, there continues to be disconnect between the science and school based practices (Spear-Spereling, 2007; Washburn, Joshi, & Cantrell, 2011). Reading is complex!  Successfully teaching it requires that teachers have deep knowledge and skills in understanding the reading process and development, reading instruction and differentiation, reading disability, and assessment to ensure that instruction is effective (IDA, 2010; Moats, 1999).  Today’s teachers must be able to implement scientifically based instruction and hold a deep understanding of this implementation that enables them to defend their practice and inspire others to change. Given that Dr. Montessori based her Method on scientific research, Montessorians would be wise to base their reading and literacy instruction on research-based strategies in this important area. Come discover the high leverage practices the research supports and how they align with Dr. Montessori’s multi-sensory approach.