Someone asked me about teaching reading and writing with the Montessori method and I found this YouTube video that gives a great introduction into the method and the materials used. I want to do a more in depth post about this as I delve into it myself, but the main difference in Montessori is that writing is taught first and reading comes naturally after that.
I read in a Maria Montessori biography that in her classroom they would write a sentence on the blackboard each day and the children would, on their own, copy parts of it and study it along with the exercises talked about in the video below. Quite suddenly, the children would start to realize they could read the sentence. The sense of pride they have sounds amazing!