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Compare Montessori vs Traditional Education

The benefits of a Montessori education are numerous. A few examples of how Montessori education varies from traditional education can be seen here.

Montessori Education
    “Traditional” education
    Prepared kinesthetic materials with incorporated control of error, specially developed reference materials
    Textbooks, pencil and paper, worksheets and dittos
    Working and learning matched to the social development of the child
    Working and learning without emphasis on social development
    Unified, intentionally developed curriculum
    Narrow unit-driven curriculum
    Integrated subjects and learning based on developmental psychology
    Individual subjects
    Un-interrupted work cycles
    Block time, period lessons
    Multi-age classrooms
    Single-graded classrooms
    Students active, talking, with periods of spontaneous quiet, freedom to move
    Students passive, quiet, in desks
    School meets needs of children
    Students fit mold of school
    Special help comes to students
    Students leave for special help
    Process focused assessment, skills, checklists, mastery benchmarks
    Product-focused report cards