“The essential thing is for the task to arouse such an interest that it engages the whole personality.  In our schools this moment of healing is not the point of arrival...but it is the point of departure, after which ‘freedom of action’ consolidates and develops the personality.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Children in this stage of development love to work in a community of independent learners.  A wide range of activities engage the children at all levels of ability and maturity, and facilitate the Montessori goals of individualized work, timely progress, independence, and social awareness. This stage of development provides the foundation for all future work. Since Montessori recognizes that children learn best through their own efforts, the role of the Montessori teacher is that of an objective observer and guide.