Working in small groups is usually preferred by primary children, working collaboratively and sharing learning with each other builds their understanding of peer relations, an important aspect of the classroom as the child is developing a sense of community.
From the ages of 6 to 12 years children are much more social beings than when aged three to six years in the Montessori preschool and the reasoning mind starts to really evolve.
Having established a familiarity with their immediate environment in preschool the child now grows curious about its structures. The primary child becomes very idealistic and begins the process of understanding justice, developing consideration for others and compassion.
Certain psychological characteristics help the self-construction progress:
- Physical stamina/great strength
- Great work
- Separation from family
- Group instinct
- Developing intellect/power to reason
- Developing abstraction
- A very active imagination
- Developing morality
- Sense of responsibility
- Hero worship