9-12 year-old Second Plane of Development
During this stage of development, children are interested in the exploration of a wider society. The 9-12 year-olds begin to have an attitude of detachment from the home environment and a continued interest in morality. Children in this stage move from concrete representation to abstract thinking. They bring order to various disconnected facts and are able to think hypothetically. No longer focused on right and wrong, good and bad, the Montessori student now seeks to understand the motivation behind behavior, and when confronted with moral issues, the student seeks to imagine and develop possible solutions.
Montessoir Curriculum Full Overview
Practical life activities focus on care of self, care of environment and living things, cooperation, and continued practice of grace and courtesy. Students feel a greater sensitivity to their surroundings, so activities begin to take the children outside of the classroom through community service projects.
Practical life activities teach:
- A means to an end
- Cultural awareness
- A sense of success
- Organizational skills to plan and run fundraisers, to coordinate school-wide events and programs, food drives, involvement in local and global charities and organizations
- Gardening skills to plant and harvest produce
- School outreach, role modeling and mentoring
- Building projects such as sets, greenhouses, indoor and outdoor environments