"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child." Maria Montessori
the first plane of development 0-6 years
Every young child is endowed with great potentialities and within ALL life lies the capacity for growth driven from within by a vital life force from which French philosopher Henri Bergson coined the term 'Elan Vital'.
It is the work of every child to form, create or construct him or herself moment to moment, day to day, for every life unfolds and in doing so tells a unique story. All life does this through a relationship with their environment
We, as adults/parents and guides have the privilege of being able to witness, support (and be challenged/taught) by this profound
process unfolding before our very eyes every moment of every day.
Every 0-6 year old child has what Montessori referred to as 'a great power of the age' in the absorbent mind, a mind, with the capacity to take in experiences into a subconscious memory for life...not unlike a sponge or a camera capturing everything that can be seen through the view finder without discrimination. This young, growing being feels, senses, sees hears....everything. Therefore, we are without doubt, one of the, if not the single most significant influence/resource in our children's early developmental life.