“By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Montessori Experience

Differences between Montessori and Traditional Schools

It has often been said that the difference between a Montessori school and traditional schools is not so much what is taught as how it is taught.
Traditional schools tend to have a limited or set curriculum, adhere to a timetable of lesson plans and teach to the group rather than having students work on their own. In contrast, Montessori believed that the real purpose of education should be to have schools and classrooms in which each child in his own way can satisfy his curiosity, develop his abilities and talents, pursue his interests, and from the Teachers/Directresses and older children around him, get a glimpse of the great variety and richness of life. Respect for the child’s needs of autonomy and trust in the ability for a child to self-guide is part of the Montessori Method.

Self-Pacing

In Montessori, the child only moves on to new material when he or she is prepared to do so. This contrasts with traditional education where an entire class is expected to move at the exact same rate, regardless of skill level, inherent interest, or having fully grasped previous foundational material. If a child needs more time, on math, or learning the alphabet that is okay. And if a child has quickly mastered a topic, they are free to move on to activities that will continue to challenge them. Interested in what your child will be learning? Check out Our Curriculum.

Outcome

A peer reviewed article published in Science has shown that Montessori educated children tend to achieve higher scores than traditionally educated children not only in math and reading, but in creative use of language and even making ethical decisions. They tend to use more complex sentence structures in their writing, and responded to challenging social situations more effectively.

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