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September 26, 2019

If you believe what you see in the media, you might expect children in the Second Plane to be just plain awful, disrespectful and limit-testing and unkempt and chaotic. There's some of that, to be true, for important developmental reasons. But the same phenomena of dev...

September 19, 2019

Just as you feel like you've mastered the pace of Early Childhood, you find yourself with an active, blooming Elementary student in your house. They're louder than they used to be. They're more kinetic. They're goofy in ways you didn't know possible.

This is an age that...

May 23, 2019

Peaceful family dinners during the Age of Rudeness? Yes, it's possible. But just as bedtime had to change to accommodate the needs of a different plane of development so does mealtime. Children are now far more independent, more social and more scattered. And they may...

May 13, 2019

Long after a child has mastered the golden beads, when the sandpaper numbers are far behind her and the Bank Game is old hat, she'll discover the Multiplication Bead Board. The lesson is simple and direct: lay out the quantity of the multiplicand as many times as the m...

Just as you feel like you've mastered the pace of Early Childhood, you find yourself with an active, blooming Elementary student in your house. They're louder than they used to be. They're more kinetic. They're goofy in ways you didn't know possible.

This is an age that...

April 25, 2019

If you believe what you see in the media, you might expect children in the Second Plane to be just plain awful, disrespectful and limit-testing and unkempt and chaotic. There's some of that, to be true, for important developmental reasons. But the same phenomena of dev...

April 18, 2019

Children in the First Plane of development are learning how to push through struggles, how to try again and again and again, often motivated by an internal drive toward their own independence and mastery. Children in the Second Plane are typically already independent i...

April 4, 2019

If we understand the Freedom of Choice to expand in 3-6 from a child's agency over their own basic needs to include authority over their intellectual development as well, we can predict how the freedom will be expressed in the Second Plane. Indeed, in each new plane of...

March 21, 2019

Montessori described six year Planes of Development, 0-6, 6-12, and 12-18, each marked by three year delineations that helped to better understand the primary focus of the child's development at each stage. Those planes inform how we group children in Montessori. So, w...

March 20, 2019

Montessori's multiage classrooms typically run in three-year cycles, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, and 15-18. But what about those ages when a child can be in the third year of the cycle or the first, like 6, 9, 12, and 15? These liminal years come with challenges and jo...

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