The child learns oral language naturally. He automatically absorbs it from his environment. When the child enters a Montessori environment he/she learns that the words are made of sounds and each sound has a symbol. By absorbing the sounds and the symbols, the Montessori child begins reading when he is ready and proceeds at his own pace. His experiences in practical life and sensorial education serve as a preparation for his writing. The Montessori method provides a phonetic basis for reading. The Montessori materials used help the child to improve their writing skills.