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Children between the ages of 3 and 6 possess an ‘absorbent mind.’ You will often hear people refer to young children as ‘soaking in everything they see and hear like a sponge.’ This capacity for mental absorption enables them to learn their native tongue, to perfect movement and to internalise order ...
Typically, Cycle Two children are at the stage of development that exhibits a strong desire to move in ‘packs.’ They have a need to work in groups and to explore their environment in an energetic and almost boisterous manner. They have mastered the art of oral language and are inquisitive about the world in which they live. They are wanting to know ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ of all that they encounter. They can be characterised by their questioning minds and their ability to begin to abstract and imagine ...
Cycle Three children are characterised not only by their questioning minds and their ability to abstract and imagine, but also by their moral and social orientation and their deep concern for humanity and the environment. This is the age of compassion, of wanting to put the world and its people right. They move from the concrete through their own efforts and discovery to the abstract, thus greatly expanding their field of knowledge ...