Montessori Unlimited offers a unique way to learn. But how exactly does a Montessori curriculum differ from traditional schools, or even a traditional daycare setting?
Here are some things you can expect from a Montessori versus a traditional approach.
|Montessori Method||Traditional Approach|
|Emphasis on cognitive and social development||Emphasis on social development|
|Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom||Teacher is center of classroom as "controller"|
|Environment and method encourage self-discipline||Teacher enforces discipline|
|Mainly individual instruction||Group and individual instruction|
|Mixed age grouping||Same age grouping|
|Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other||Most teaching done by teacher|
|Child chooses own work||Activities structured for child|
|Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project||Child generally allotted specific time for work|
|Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials||Child is guided to concepts by teacher|
|Child sets own learning pace||Instruction pace usually set by group|
|Child spots own errors from feedback on material||If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher|
|Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of success||Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards|
|Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)||Less emphasis on self-care instruction|
|Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); group work is also encouraged||Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions|
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