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November 28, 2019

By the time your child is in the Second Plane of Development, so many qualities of their personalities have emerged and focused. You know their quirks and their strengths, their sense of humor and their anxieties. It's a goofy, playful, loving, serious, earnest mix of...

November 7, 2019

If you think of the window of development between birth and age six as marked by the construction of labels for files in a cognitive file cabinet, the period between six and twelve is when children fill up those files. Children now are interested in learning to master...

October 3, 2019

Remember what distinguishes the Second Plane of Development, that window from six to twelve years old. Moving out of the "construction of the individual" that marks zero to six, children in the Second Plane are capable of more abstract thinking, of moral reasoning and...

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...

September 12, 2019

We know that one of the noticeable changes as children move into the Second Plane of development is their new interest in social settings and groups. Montessori teachers support this engagement by offering more opportunities for small groups of learners to work togethe...

September 11, 2019

Elementary learners are old hat at school. They know the routines. They can remember events from year to year and they have the language to be able to describe complicated ideas more accurately than when they were younger. The early days of the year, then, are typicall...

August 15, 2019

A key quality of Elementary learners is their heightened awareness of their peers and friend groups, and an often new attention to how they fit within the group of children around them. This is a great time to reach out to specific children your child wants to spend ti...

August 8, 2019

The preparations to return to school shift when your child is in Elementary. Gone are the fears about being away from their parents. In their place are new ideas about their peers, their teachers and their classroom that they may not have been able to articulate earlie...

July 30, 2019

Bedtimes (and bedrooms) become far more independent as your child ages. You might notice your child choosing to go to sleep on their own, and maybe you miss those bedtime stories cozied up beside them as they drifted off to sleep. While your child can (and should) be a...

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