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Development in the Three Planes of Space Jane Swain 

Libby Haddock, an experienced early childhood teacher, once remarked that child development is the best-kept secret in the western world. I agree, and perhaps an even better kept secret is the growing child’s spatial development. 

Each of the three planes possesses particular forces, which influence and sculpt the growing individual; and there is an archetype to the child’s progression through the three planes. During the first seven years of life, the child is primarily concerned with the horizontal (up/down) plane of space, during the second seven year period with the frontal (front/back) plane, and during the third seven-year period with the sagital (right/left) plane.