In Montessori education, imagination is regarded as a powerful tool that aids in the process of abstract learning and intellectual exploration. 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.
Imagination is particularly emphasized in the third plane of development (adolescence), where creativity and self-expression become predominant modes of imaginative use.
- 1Montessori Quotes on Imagination
- 2Research and Critiques on Imagination
- 3Comparison to Other Methods
- 4Glossary of Montessori Terms
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