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Parents often wonder how the Montessori method differs from traditional schools. Below, we provide a comparison for parents considering our school.

Montessori Method

Traditional Teaching

Emphasis is on cognitive, social and emotional development

Emphasis is on cognitive development

Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration

Few materials for sensory development

Environment and method encourage self-discipline

Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline

Mixed age grouping

Same age grouping

Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other

Most teaching is done by the teacher
Working together is discouraged

Teacher has a facilitator role in classroom

Teacher is focus of classroom

Mainly individual instruction

Mainly group instruction

Child chooses own work, with input from teacher

Set curriculum is structured for the child

Child can work where he chooses, move around and talk at will without disturbing the work of others

Child usually assigned own chair

Child discovers own concepts from self teaching materials

Child is guided to concepts by the teacher

Child may work at own learning pace

Instruction pace is usually set by group norm

Child works as long as he needs on a chosen project

Child is generally allotted specific time for work on a specific project or assignment
Projects usually chosen by the teacher

Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work with internal feelings of success. Learning is its own reward

Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards

Materials are self correcting Child spots own errors from feedback of material

If work is corrected, errors usually are pointed out by the teacher

Organized program for learning care of self and environment in order to develop independence

Less Emphasis on self-care instruction

Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and participate in the learning process

Voluntary parent involvement


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