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Montessori OR Traditional?

THE GOAL

………………. of both a Montessori and a traditional classroom is the same – to provide learning experiences for the child.

The biggest difference lies in the kind of learning experience each school provides and the method each uses to accomplish this goal.

Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what children learn, their work habits and their future attitude about themselves and the world around them.

MONTESSORI

TRADITIONAL

1. Child-Centered Class 1. Teacher-Centered Class
2. Small Teacher / Child Ratio  2. Large Teacher / Child Ratio
3. Teacher is a “Facilitator” 3. Teacher is Center of Class as “Controller”
4. Environment & Method Encourage Self-

  Discipline

4. Teachers Acts as a Primary Enforcer of

  Discipline

5. Mainly Individual Instruction 5. Mainly Group Instruction
6. Mixed Age Groups 6. Same Age Group
7. Child Reinforces Own Learning by Repetition of work and Internal Feelings of Success 7. Learning is Externally Reinforced by Repetition
8. Multi-Sensory Materials for Physical Exploration 8. Few Materials for Sensory Exploration
9. Organized Program for Learning Care of

  Self and Environment

9. No Organized Program for Self-Care

  Instruction ( primarily left to Parents)