The Primary community at Pines Montessori School covers a three-year cycle for children 3, 4, 5-6 years of age. Each class is a multi-age grouping, balanced for gender and developmental stage. That means every student has a chance to be both leader and follower.
Dr. Montessori showed that learning results from the interaction of a child’s internal thought and external experience in the world around them. To encourage children to explore this world and organize their knowledge of it, we prepare the classroom environment with activities and material that are appealing and enjoyable but serious in purpose and effect.
An observer in one of our Primary (3 to 6) classes is struck by the wide range of independent activities going on. This takes careful monitoring, encouragement and tutoring by our experienced teachers and assistants, but the result is well worth it, allowing each child to develop academically and socially to their fullest potential. Children learn to read, write and count at their own pace. They learn how to make choices, finish and put work away, and how to correct their mistakes. They learn and practice independence, patience and responsibility for themselves and others as well as becoming masters of creative problem-solving.