Montessori vs Conventional Education

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

-Maria Montessori

How can you identify a Montessori school?  What is the purpose of the way we do things?  Why should you consider a Montessori education for your child?  In other words....

What makes us different?


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Multi-age classrooms, flexible seating and freedom of movement mimic family life and the real world.

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Individualized, child-led learning encourages exploration and following passions. 

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Use of concrete manipulative materials that appeal to the senses and encourage hands-on learning.

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Encourages intrinsic motivation and teaches peer conflict resolution skills

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A focus on process and discovery fosters a lifetime love of learning. 

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Whole child development (social, emotional, cognitive, fine/gross motor, speech & language.)


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Same age classes where students are each assigned a desk.

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Teacher-led learning - all students learn the same thing at the same time and pace. 

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Use of worksheets, textbooks and abstract rote learning related to upcoming test. 

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Motivation is rewards based (stickers, grades, etc.) and discipline is decided by adults in authority.

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Focus on products (tests and grades) with a goal of only mastering core curricula objectives. 

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Focus on academic and social development. 

Want to learn more about Montessori?

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