"Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves."
Maria Montessori

Montessori vs. Traditional Education

Characteristics of Montessori Education

Creativity

Each child is valued as a unique individual.  Montessori education recognizes that children learn in diverse ways, and accommodates all learning styles.  Students are encouraged to develop their own individual personalities and interact with a divers blend of other students.

Independent Thinking

Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits.  Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be.  Students are taught to express their opinions and to work from different points of view.  Montessorians understand that interval satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime. 

Multi-age Grouping

Students are part of a close, caring community.  The multi-age classroom, typically spanning 3 years, re-creates a family structure.  Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead.  Teachers model respect loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution

Self-Discipline

Classroom design, materials and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-discipline” (desire to learn on their own about what interested them). Student are supported bin becoming active seekers knowledge.  Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their won questions

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