Month: March 2009

CHILDHOOD (6 – 12)

This is a “calm phase of uniform growth” in which the abstract mind is organized. The child’s mental and physical horizons open up and there is no limit to what the child can explore if the opportunities are there and conditions are favorable. For…

0 – 6 – The Child Works for his/her Own Development

The Child’s play is really work – the child works for his/her own development. All the separate embryonic developments, which occurred from 0-3 years, must in the end, function together and become integrated so as to serve the individual personality. This is what is…

A Prepared Environment for Each Plane of Development.

Motessori saw immediately that if the individual is passing through stages with different emotional and physical differences we need to have different ways to meet the need of the developmental steps. The role of the adult is to serve as a link to culture….

The Four Planes of Development 12 – 18 – “Adolesence Turmoil”

Late adolescence is turmoil. During this time, age twelve to eighteen years others become more important. Little by little they leave the family, first emotionally then physically. This is hard on parents. Parents are asked to see the adult in the child. Parents need…

The Four Planes of Development 6 – 12, The “Social Self”

In the second plane, the six – twelve year old is in a stage of consolidation and relative stability. It is a time of great energy. It is generally a hard and strong period. Exploration out into the nature and society can begin. It…

The Four Planes of Development III

At the age of three, a new consciousness appears clearly and fully. It is as though the child’s life is beginning again, but this time as a “conscious creator”. The child now wants to master his or her environment and exercise his/her will. The…

The Four Planes of Develolpment 0 – 3 The “unconcious creator”

This is the Plane of fundamental importance for the formation of the individual. The infant from 0-3 is identified by Montessori as a “Spiritual Embryo”, as the infant has, within him/herself “potentials”, which determine his or her development, seen as empty vessels, waiting to…