The Montessori method has many activities designed to help the child progress naturally towards the development of skills necessary for reading and writing. The child learns to control wrist movements and perfect the pincer grip, which are necessary for writing. The child is introduced to reading slowly by first learning the phonetic sounds of the alphabet, which leads to building short phonetic words. The child progresses at his own pace to reading longer phonetic words. Children in the Montessori environment are introduced to the different parts of speech and grammar by participating in fun games with the directress and other children.