Why Choose Our Montessori School?

Why Choose Our Montessori School? 2017-06-22T20:30:24+00:00

Why Choose Montessori?

We get asked this question a lot. Parents and caregivers want to know: What’s the difference between the Montessori Method of teaching and a more traditional form of schooling?

Although Montessori schools can be different, there are some key fundamentals present in the the overall method that you will likely find in common amongst them.  To help demonstrate these differences we’ve created a comparison chart. We hope to give our community a glimpse into the differences between a Montessori education and traditional schooling. Use this chart along with your own intuition to help you decide if a Montessori school is right for your child.

MONTESSORI

  • Smaller child-teacher ratio

  • Individual child sets instructional pace

  • Cognitive development is emphasized

  • Multi-sensory materials are plentiful for physical exploration

  • Children are free to move about the classroom

  • Self-discipline is encouraged

  • Rewards are intrinsic through success as child spots their own errors

  • Teacher(s) are unobtrusive in classroom; role is to guide and support child

  • Children are free to choose work and learning is uninterrupted

TRADITIONAL

  • Child-teacher ratio is approximately 25:1

  • Group sets instructional pace

  • Social development is emphasized

  • Fewer materials for sensory development

  • Children are often assigned to a space

  • Teacher is the enforcer of discipline

  • Rewards are often extrinsic and errors are usually pointed out by teacher

  • Teacher is the center of the classroom

  • Child generally works for blocks of time on assigned subjects

Whether seeking out a private or public Montessori school, the best way to get a true feel is to schedule a tour with the Head of School and observe the children in action.

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