Dr. Montessori discovered that the child is sound conscious well before the age of three. At Four Seasons Montessori Preschool we use sound games and language arts activities to enable the child to learn the phonetic sounds of the English language. They will also be exposed both formally and informally to other languages. We use both phonetic and whole language learning in our classrooms. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and presentations, allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.