Piramide's Four Cornerstones

Four Cornerstones

Piramide's Principles and Guiding Beliefs are based on these Four Cornerstones: Nearness, Distance, Initiative of the Learner, and Initiative of the Teacher.


Teachers begin by building sensitive, responsive relationships with children. This relational nearness allows a child to feel safe, secure and free to explore the world. Teachers create educational nearness as they offer situations in which things can be directly observed and experienced with the senses or by using concrete materials.


As relational distance grows, children gain trust and confidence in their teachers and themselves. They move towards increasing independence and feel competent enough to take risks as learners. At the same time, educational distance develops as teachers ask questions and talk about things that are not just in the here and now. In this way, children develop representational thinking that allows them to reconstruct the past and plan the future.

Initiative of the Learner

Children retain initiative during their play as teachers provide rich, attractive learning environments, engaging activities, ask questions and model being a learner.

Initiative of the Teacher

Teachers intentionally create possibilities, offer support, give instructions and guide children in ways that encourage them to take initiative. In turn, children learn skills and concepts through hands-on experience, from one another and through teacher scaffolding.

Piramide's Four-Step Distancing Process:

A four-step process for taking children's learning from the here-and-now to the abstract

Four Steps

Piramide's four-step, easy-to-follow path helps you intentionally deepen children's learning. ODBD begins by building children's confidence as learners and creating excitement about a concept. Then, purposefully leads children from the here-and-now to more abstract understanding.

Piramide Projects are designed to provide teachers with the framework to structure children's learning, move them towards independence, and maximize their capacity to learn throughout their many cycles of development.

“The basic principle in distancing is to begin close to the child through the use of concrete situations and material. Then, gradually introduce things that are not in the here and now making the non-present present.”

~ Dr.Jef J. van Kuyk

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