The 6-12 year old child is moving into the “Age of Reason.” Their thinking is becoming increasingly abstract, and they are busy mentally organizing all they have learned from early childhood. They are driven to discover how things work and who they are. They frequently ask “why?” and are preoccupied with issues of fairness. The peer group becomes increasingly important as social life takes center stage. The elementary age student is ready to take greater responsibility for their learning as they grow in self-discipline and knowledge of their unique interests, strengths, and challenges. They are eager to be independent and explore the world beyond the walls of the classroom.
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori