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After years of expression mainly in pre-schools, Montessori philosophy is finally being used as originally intended, as a method of seeing children as they really are and of creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential – spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual, as members of a family and the world community.
Montessori practice is always modern and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs are frequent and specific for all children. When physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs are met children of any ages are interested in playing and working with enthusiasm to learn and create:
Birth to Age Six
Before the age of six a child learns from straight contact with the environment, by means of all the senses and through movement. A child factually soaks what is in the environment up. The toys and all the materials in the home and school for this period of development should be of the best quality to develop positive qualities in a child such as self-respect, respect and care from the child toward the environment, and the development of an appreciation of beauty.
Age Six to Twelve
From age six to twelve that is the age of the imagination, children create so much models, books, timelines, maps, books, plays, and so on that the environment must be repeatedly pared down to the essentials so that the children continue to create.
Age twelve and older
The education of children becomes more traditional from age twelve to eighteen. They usually use different books, computers, and the tools of the place where they may be apprenticing or doing social work. This is change to adult life during which a child learns to function in the real adult world.