Continuing our series on learning about the four planes of development as described by the North American Montessori Center, we move on to the second plane, which encompasses ages six to twelve. The second plane of development is the plane of childhood. The absorbent mind, so prevalent from birth to age six, gives way to the conscious mind in the second plane of development.
After years of observation, Dr. Maria Montessori concluded there are four distinct planes of development that everyone must pass through on their way to adulthood: birth-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24. In each of the planes, she believed that children and youth are drawn to different skills and activities.
As taken from the North American Montessori Center, here is a look a the first plane of development, in children from birth to age six.
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Observation is key to understanding Montessori, and experiencing Pinewoods first hand.