The English language has its own order that word go into to make a coherent sentence. In fact, each language has its own particular order. Although the order is learned through the process of just listening and mimicking sentences since early childhood, a cognitive understanding is a valuable resource to good writing. There are several ways that the Montessori guide presents these ideas to children. One is found below. Each set of cards represents a sentence. Each word in the sentence is broken down into a card. The cards are assembled to form a coherent sentence. This lesson also reinforces the capitalization at the beginning of a sentence and the period at the end of a sentence. It also encourages reading fluency.
This week I created several levels of sentences, some of which challenged the 12 year-olds, about their volcano focus.