Montessori Vs Traditional schools

The Montessori Difference

When you enter the calm, peaceful environment of a Montessori classroom, it may seem quite different from what you have come to expect from traditional educational environments.  What makes the Montessori classroom so unique and how does it differ from a traditional classroom?

Montessori

Teacher has a quiet role in the classroom

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Teacher has a quiet role in the classroom:

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to. The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work. Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.


Mainly individual instruction

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Mainly individual instruction:

Teachers work one-on-one with the children. Montessori said to “follow the child.” Thus, in the Montessori classroom, each child is instructed in the areas that interest him or her most and for which he or she is ready. When the teacher “follows the child”, the child learns faster and more completely than at any other time.


Children select their own experiences, at their pace

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Children select their own experiences, at their pace:

Children are ready for work and master work at different times. Children learn best and easiest when the work presented is in line with the child’s sensitive period to learning a work.  Once the child has mastered a work, he or she is then shown the next more challenging work. Knowing that one work leads to another helps the child to see the path that he or she must take in order to gain the desired knowledge or skills. Selecting activities on his or her own also helps the child to master the art of making choices.


Mixed-age grouping

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Mixed-age grouping:

The Primary classroom allows for ages 3 to 5, so children of various skill levels can work alongside each other. In doing so, learning takes place at all different levels and is not limited by age.


Children learn from each other

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Children learn from each other:

In the mixed-age environment, the opportunity exists for older children who have “mastered” activities to share their knowledge with younger children; learning is enhanced by this positive exchange of experiences.  Older children inspire the younger children.  Younger children absorb information that they have not yet been presented just by observing what the older children are doing.  Older children gain confidence by helping the younger children in various ways.


Child works as long as they want on chosen projects, enabling focus and concentration

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Child works as long as they want on chosen projects, enabling focus and concentration:

Uninterrupted work times allow for a level of immersion that is difficult to achieve when lessons are timed and scheduled.  Work that takes longer than one work time to achieve can be left out to be completed the next day.  Children are interrupted as little as possible at work time in order to help them develop good concentration skills.


The teacher guides children toward self-realization and self-correction

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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The teacher guides children toward self-realization and self-correction:

Through repetition of the self-corrective Montessori activities, children learn to identify and rectify their mistakes, encouraging awareness of their abilities. Children learn to become responsible for fixing their own mistakes and discover that, as Montessori said, “mistakes are for learning”.


Child reinforces learning through repetition and feelings of success:

The child quickly learns that in a Montessori classroom once he or she has had a lesson (usually an individual lesson) from the teacher, the child can choose that work whenever he or she wants to.  The teacher observes both the child’s choices and how well the child is doing with that work.  Based on these observations, the teacher knows which lesson the child is ready for next and then invites the child to have that lesson.

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Child reinforces learning through repetition and feelings of success:

Repetition is key.  It is through the use of the Montessori materials that the child gains the skills and mastery these materials.   Once a child has mastered an activity that was at one time challenging for him or her, the child experiences a feeling of great accomplishment and eagerly looks forward to learning the next task.

Traditional

Teacher is the focus of the classroom.


Mainly Group Activities .


One subject studied at a time, in allotted time, in a group.


Same age grouping..


The teacher is in charge of the lessons..


Timed lessons, activities and class schedules break up the flow of work. .


Child errors are usually revealed by the teacher.


Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards.

Contact Info

The Happy Children’s Montessori

172 NE 32nd Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97123