After the age of six, children enter what Dr. Maria Montessori called “the second plane of development.” This stage is marked by many changes in the children, both physically and psychologically. What are the specific changes that these children undergo, and how does the Montessori Method change to accommodate these “new” children?
When children have mastered the ability to function within our classroom, they will be ready to begin exploring the world beyond our school. In Montessori schools, these explorations take the form of both field trips and “going out.”
At this point in the school year, re-enrollment month, many families take stock of how their children are progressing and decide whether to continue with a Montessori education here at KMS. Many times we find that the focus becomes, “Is my child learning ______?” (Fill in the blank with any specific skill.) What often gets forgotten or taken for granted is what your children are really learning.
Maria Montessori recognized how important time for repetition to achieve mastery was for all of our students, regardless of age. By demonstrating the lessons, then freeing the children to practice, the Montessori teacher creates an environment where mastery becomes possible.