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Key Differences Between Montessori and Traditional
  • Based on helping the natural development of the human being

  • Children learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interest

  • Children teach themselves using materials specially prepared for the purpose

  • Child is an active participant in learning

  • Understanding comes through the child’s own experiences via the materials and the promotion of children’s ability to find things out for themselves

  • Learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked

  • Child can work where he/she is comfortable, move around and talk at will while not disturbing others

  • The teacher works in collaboration with the children

  • The child’s individual development brings its own reward and therefore motivation

  • Child works as long as he/she wishes on chosen project

  • Uninterrupted work cycles

  • Mixed age groups

  • Working and learning matched to the social development of the child

  • Shared emphasis on intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development

  • Shared focus on the acquisition of academic, social, practical and life skills

  • Based on the transfer of a national curriculum

  • Children learn from a set curriculum according to a time frame that is the same for everyone

  • Children are taught by the teacher

  • Child is a passive participant in learning

  • Learning is based on subjects and is limited to what is given

  • Children sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets

  • Child is usually assigned own chair and encouraged to sit still and listed during group sessions

  • The class is teacher led

  • Motivation is achieved by a system of reward and punishment

  • Child generally given specific time limit for work

  • Block time, period lessons

  • Same age groups

  • Working and learning without emphasis on the social development of the child

  • Main emphasis on intellectual development

  • Main focus on academics

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