Imagination in Montessori is often misunderstood- pretend play and imaginary creativity are encouraged and nourished. However, Montessori supports imaginary play based on reality in the first stage of development. At a young age, children have not yet grasped the concept of what is real and not real. Imaginary play is based on mysteries of the world. In the second stage of development when they have a firm grasp on the abstract concept of reality, imaginary play enters new realms of creativity.
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"Scientific words are best taught to children between the ages of three and six; not in a mechanical way, of course, but in conjunction with the objects concerned, or in the course of their explorations, so that their vocabulary keeps pace with their experiences."--Dr. Maria Montessori