Imagination (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Imagination (Montessori)

In Montessori education, imagination is regarded as a powerful tool that aids in the process of abstract learning and intellectual exploration[1]. The method encourages the use of imagination to enable children to understand complex concepts that cannot be imparted through a single lesson.

As per the Montessori philosophy, children enter a sensitive period for imagination in the second plane of development (from ages 6-12), often referred to as the Conscious Period. During this phase, children are able to conceptualize understanding abstractly, without the need for concrete materials[2].

Imagination is particularly emphasized in the third plane of development (adolescence), where creativity and self-expression become predominant modes of imaginative use.


Montessori Quotes on Imagination

“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”
— Maria Montessori, “To Educate the Human Potential”