The Three Planes of Development
Montessori saw the child developing across three "Planes of Development"
- The first plane encompasses the child from birth to age 6. Our Toddler and Preprimary programs work with children in this first plane of development.
- The child moves in the second plane of development from roughly age 6 to 12. At Carmel these children are found in the Primary/Elementary classroom.
- The third plane of development is the period of adolescence from age 12-18. Carmel has one of very, very few Erdkinder programs in the country--that is, a Montessori adolescent program or high school based on Maria Montessori's own school and curricular design for children of these ages.