Our Montessori blended Kindergarten and Grade One is the Heron Lab. This program supports students in building skills in speaking, reading, writing, naming, counting, and identifying. It constantly expands and deepens their skills and content. Students are encouraged to begin counting aloud to increase numeric fluency. They learn to pronounce a variety phonemes upon sight as letter combinations increase in complexity. Children begin reading for fluency, i.e., pronouncing simple words often so the words become easier to pronounce on sight with each repetition, enabling students to progress beyond sounding out phonemes.