Dr. Montessori spent so much of her life watching children – thinking – wondering. She began to notice patterns and began to note her observations. She summarized her observations into discussions about the various ages. She grouped them into four planes – or sections of grouped developmental growth. The first plane is here.
Six to Twelve Developmental Plane
“We’ll do this together.”
Goal: to develop the power to reason and have judgement. – through creation of the establishment of information connections.
Method: to develop the ability to imagine and function in community.
Work: the child has a great compacity to work.
Health: healthy – quick movement
View of the Complexity of Life: Right or Wrong
Core Goal Satisfies: Community
Notes: Friendship and social awareness – the child finds a friend then finds some work they both can do. Learns they can do more in community than alone.
Characteristics of Six to Twelve:
- Body healthy and strong
- Greater Stamina
- Tendency to rudeness
- Great capacity for work
- Moral development
- Peer responsiveness
- Love of culture
- Creative imagination
- Need to explore the community.
- Want to know WHY, HOW and WHEN
- Imagination and reasoning to the abstract
- Matrix of information connection establishment
- Strong Peer Influence
- Insecure, rude, noisy, disinterest in societal rules
- Added to prepared environment the going out experiences placed within the concept of the cosmic education universe
- Explores wider society: outside family – beyond the senses and are inspired by the imagination
- Order necessary to develop powers of reason to develop powers of judgement
- Communication develops to offer opportunities for research – for the development of knowledge and for exploring life in society
- Activity with Imagination – enormous capacity for work
Sensitive period for: Acquire Culture, Spirituality-Morality, Coordination of Movement, and Group Affiliation