Language - Table of Contents

AMI Language Table of Contents for Primary and Elementary

Language progression from primary to elementary should be relatively smooth. The child's needs will change as the shift from first plane to second plane of development occurs. 

AMI Language does not utilize the pink/blue/green series. This system can have a very useful place, but many AMI trainers and teachers have found it to be too curriculum-like and binding rather than freeing. 

Please note: 
  • many of the presentations overlap in ages
  • most of the presentations contain multiple exercises and games that may extend anywhere from a month to 3 years' worth of presentations
  • variations are possible
  • Please see other Nuggets on Language for further details. 


Spoken: Vocabulary Enrichment - age 2.5/3 until forever ;) Many of these happen naturally in infancy and toddlerhood
Orientation Game
Naming Objects in the Environment
Collecting Classified Objects
Practical Life Objects
Parts of an Object
Language of the Sensorial Materials
Three Period Lesson
Cards for the following: Names and Qualities that do not change, Positive Qualities, Comparative Qualities, Superlative Qualities
Classified Cards - Social
Related Objects Game - Presentations A & B
Description/Definition Game
Stories – Biological Classifications
    The Story of Living and Non-Living Matter
    The Story of Plants and Animals
    The Story of the Five Classes of Vertebrates
Sorting Game – Biology Classifications
Nomenclature Cards – Scientific
Life Cycles
Oral Language Games

Spoken: Language Development - Age 2.5/3 for introduction with some exercises for 3.5/4/4.5
Reading and Books in the Library
Conversation – More than one person
Question Game
Cultural Folders
Land and Water Form Folders
Land and Water Form Outline Maps
Biome Folders
Art Folders
My State

Sound Games (2.5, but really starts in infancy/toddler)
Sandpaper Letters (3-3.5 to begin)
Sandpaper Phonograms (3-3.5 to begin)
Movable Alphabet (3.5-4.5 - most children start around age 4; exercises into ages 4.5-5.5)
Metal Insets (12 Stages) (ages 3-3.5)
Small Metal Insets (3.5-4)
Map Making (4-5)

Writing - Art of Handwriting - Age 4-5, some are 4-4.5
Sand Tray
Paper Material (10 stages)
Initial Strokes
Green Boards (Initial strokes)
Handwriting Charts – 5
Book Making (could really start at age 3 for very interested children)

Reading: Phonetic Reading - Age 4.5-5 - parallel with Phonograms below
(start here first, but then move on to phonograms while continuing here - follow YOUR child)
Phonetic Object Box
Phonetic Reading Cards
Phonetic Reading Commands
Phonetic Booklets
Rhyming Words

Reading: Phonograms - Age 4.5-5 - parallel with Phonetic above
Phonogram Object Box and Alphabet Boxes
Phonogram Shadow Box
Phonogram Booklets
Phonogram Cards
Phonogram Alphabet Exploration
Phonogram Commands
(the following is age 5-6)
Personal Dictionary

Reading: Puzzle Words - 4.5 or as comes up with movable alphabet; exercises for 5 year olds
Puzzle Words

Reading Classification - age 5 - basically reading, can encourage reluctant readers
Presentation I – Classifying the Environment
Presentation II – Cards with Labels
   A. Social
   B. Scientific
   C1. Biology Classifications: Living and Non-Living
   C2: Biology Classifications: Plant and Animal
   C3: Biology Classifications: Five Classes of Vertebrates
Presentation III – Definition Stages

Reading: Function of Words - Age 5-6
Logical Adjective
Detective Adjective
Logical Adverb
Continuation of Commands
Symbol and Phrase Game

Word Study - Age 5-6
Compound Words
Word Families
Singular and Plural
Animal Collectives
Animals and Their Young
Animal Sounds
Animal Homes
Animal Families

Reading Analysis - Age 5.5+ (starts here and can continue into age 6 and 7 in elementary)
Simple Sentences Stage I
Simple Sentences Stage II
Simple Sentences Stage III

Musical Expression - Age 4-5
Notation with the Bells
Note Names with the Bells
Staff, Ledger Lines, G-Clef
Note Names on the Numbered Staff Board
Note Names on the Unmarked Staff Board
Unmarked Staff Boards – Parallel Exercise 1: Matching Cards with Bells
Unmarked Staff Boards – Parallel Exercise 2: Nomenclature Cards
Unmarked Staff Boards – Parallel Exercise 3: Grading
Unmarked Staff Boards – Parallel Exercise 4: Descriptions/Definitions
Composing on the Bells
Reading Music (age 4-6 and continues on)

Language Extension - Age ALL! ;) 
Who Am I?
How to Teach a Song
Clapping – Rhythm
Plant Study
Plant Experiments


Chapter I: History of Language
        The Story of Communication in Signs
        The History of Written Language
        The History of Spoken Language

Chapter II: Grammar and Syntax 
        Introduction to Grammar and Syntax - Age: typically lower elementary, should be done within the space of 2 1/2 years for maximum benefit
                Introduction to Word Study
                        Compound Words
                        Word Families
                Parts of Speech
                        Introduction to Grammar Boxes
                        Introduction to the Noun
                        Oral Presentation of the Noun
                        Grammar Box II: The Article
                        Definite and Indefinite Articles
                        Noun: Number
                        Noun: Gender
                        Classification of Nouns:
                                Common and Proper
                                Concrete and Abstract
                                Material and Collective
                                Classification of Abstract Nouns
                                Classification Chart
                        Grammar Box III: The Adjective
                                Adjective Command Cards & Classification
                                Comparison of Adjective
                        Introduction to the Verb
                        Grammar Box IV: The Verb
                                Verb Commands and Synonyms
                        Other Grammar Boxes & Commands Cards
                        General Notes on the Grammar Boxes
                                Additional Grammar Symbols
                        Personal Pronouns
                Introduction to the Tenses of the Verb - Age: typically 7 1/2
                        Simple Tense: Present
                        Simple Tense: Past
                        Auxiliary Verbs
                        Simple Tense: Future
                        The Perfect Tenses
                        The Infinitive and Moods
                        Negative Form of the Verb

                Logical Analysis - Age: typically upper elementary; age 8+
                        Introduction to Logical Analysis
                        Logical Analysis: Simple Sentences
                        Logical Analysis: Simple Sentences with Extensions
                        Verbal and Nominal Predicates
                        Elliptical Sentences
                        Order of Sentences
                        Voice of the Verb
                        Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
                        Compound Sentences
                        Complex Sentences
                        Complex Sentences: Degrees of Dependence

Chapter III:
        Written Language Part I
        Written language Part II
        The Content of Children’s Work

Chapter IV: Spoken Language

Chapter V: Literature
        Introduction to Literature
        Literature II
        History of English Literature
        American Literature
        Children’s Literature
        Children’s Literature in the United States

Chapter VI: Style

Remedial Language - Age: entry into elementary if basic reading needs some practice. 


  1. An additional point is that a substantial amount of language games are incorporated into the sensorial album as well.

  2. I have Karen Tyler's albums which I am guessing are AMS since she does use the pink/blue/green series. I'm curious as what the breakdown of the "Paper Material (10 stages)" is. Is that when they have one stage of tracing dotted letters, then 5 of the same letter on the page, etc.? I'm interested on how that breaks down to 10 stages. Please let me know if you are willing to share that. Thanks! sniggling @

  3. Here is the breakdown:
    (the banded line paper has a band of color in the middle of each line for the main part of the letter; with a thin line above and below to show where tails and extensions reach - there is a variety of this paper, from strips, to one line with a blank space; to several lines with a larger blank space; to the whole paper covered with the lines and no blank space)

    Stage 1: Unlined Paper
    1. Same procedure as Chalkboard Stage 1 and 2.

    Stage 2: Banded Paper
    2. Same procedure as Chalkboard Stage 3 (4 lines): write a letter in the middle (child repeats); show the ascending letters (child repeats); show the descending letters (child repeats).

    Stage 3: Connecting Two Letters
    3. Bring two letters that connect at the bottom. Have a discussion explaining that “when we write words, we need to connect or hitch the letters together – the pencil does not come off the paper.”
    4. The child traces and says the two sounds.
    5. “I’ll show you how to write these letters together, to hitch them. I’ll write the (a) first, then the (t). Watch where I start.” Do so.
    6. “See how the pencil stays on the paper.”
    7. Invite the child to repeat.
    8. Repeat the procedure with a phonogram that starts at the bottom.
    9. “When we write words, we hook many letters together – sometimes they hook at the bottom and sometimes at the top.”
    10. Show others and invite the child to practice hooking them.

    Stage 4: Connect 3 or More Letters
    11. Same as stage 3 with more letters.

    Stage 5: Illustrated Word
    12. Show the child the quarter sheet of paper with one banded line at the bottom, with the rest blank. Invite the child to write a word of his choice on the paper (guiding him towards nouns to start with), then to illustrate the word. Only model it first if the child will not be turned off by adult “perfection.”

    Stage 6: Illustrated Phrase or Sentence
    13. Show the child the half sheet of paper with one long line at the bottom, blank above. Invite the child to write out a phrase or sentence and illustrate it.

    Stage 7: Illustrated Short Story
    14. Show the child the large (8.5x11 in) paper with half blank and half with banded lines. Encourage him to use this paper to write and illustrate his stories. If more than one page, he can illustrate any or all pages, using fully lined paper for pages without illustrations.

    Stage 8: Illustrated Poem
    15. Invite the child to write or copy a poem onto the largest paper with a blank space and to illustrate it afterwards.

    Stage 9: Wide-lined Paper (lined notebook paper)
    16. Provide the child with wide-lined paper on which to write.

    Stage 10: Fountain Pen
    17. Write with a fountain pen using lined paper or nice stationary.