Maria Montessori
Montessori in the Press

Why Montessori
The goal of both a Montessori and a traditional class is the same: To provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest difference lies in the kind of learning experiences each school provides and the method each uses to accomplish this goal. Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what a child learns, his work habits and his future attitude toward himself and the world around him.

Montessori Conventional
Child-Centered Class Teacher-Centered class
Small teacher-pupil ratio Large teacher-pupil ratio
Teacher is a "Facilitator" Teacher is the center of class as a "Controller"
Environment and Method encourages self-discipline Teacher acts as primary Enforcer of discipline
Mainly individual instruction Mainly group instruction
Mixed Age Grouping Same Age Grouping
Age Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other Most teaching done by teacher
Child chooses his own work within a Prepared Environment Curriculum chosen for child
Child discovers his own concepts Child is given concepts by the teacher
Child works as long as he chooses at a certain activity Child allotted certain time for work
Child sets his own learning pace Pace usually set by Group Norm
Child spots own error from feedback of material If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher
Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and Rote memorization of facts
Multi-Sensory materials for physical exploration Few materials for Sensory Development
Organized program for learning Care of Self & Environment and Grace & Courtesy No organized program for Self-Care instruction - left primarily to parents
Child can work, move around and talk at will WITHOUT disturbing others' work. Group Work is optional. Child usually assigned own chair and required to participate, sit still and listen to Group Lessons.