(3 to 6 years of age)
The Pioneer Montessori Primary School is designed as a “living room” for children. Children choose their work from self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves after the appropriate lesson from the Head Teacher.
Over a period of time, the children develop into a “normalized community,” working with high concentration and few interruptions. Normalization is the process whereby a child moves from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disorder to order, from distracted to focused, through work in the environment. The process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child’s attention. In the Montessori Primary classroom, academic competency is a means to an end, and the manipulatives are viewed as “materials for development.”