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A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Education (Ages 3-6)

  • Montessori Classroom
  • Three-year age span
  • Motivated by self-development
  • Ungraded
  • Self-correcting materials
  • Children learn by handling objects and teaching themselves
  • Individual learning
  • Teacher is observer and directress
  • Child completes "cycles of activity"
  • Few interruptions
  • Freedom to move and work within classroom
  • Emphasis on more cognitive learning
  • Quiet by choice and out of regard for others
  • Materials used for specific purpose with sequence of steps
  • Work for the joy of working and sense of discovery
  • Environment provides discipline
  • Encouraged to help one another
  • Child chooses materials
  • Child sets own pace
  • Child free to discover on their own
  • Emphasis on concrete, reality oriented
  • Specific places for materials = sense of order
  • Child provides own stimulus for learning
  • Child-centred learning environment
  • Recognition of sensitive periods
  • Multi sensory materials to develop specific skills
  • Traditional Classroom
  • All one age
  • Teacher-motivated
  • Graded
  • Teacher corrects errors
  • Teacher lectures
  • Group learning
  • Teacher is the focal point in classroom and dominant influence
  • Activity cylces determine by set time
  • Frequent interruptions
  • Assigned seats and specific class periods
  • Postponement of the 3 R's. emphasis on social development
  • Quiet is enforced
  • Materials used in many ways without previous instruction
  • Work because they are told to
  • Teacher provides discipline
  • Seek help from the teacher
  • Teacher sets curriculum
  • Teacher sets pace
  • Teacher guides child
  • Emphasis on abstract, much role-playing and fantasy
  • Random placement, not necessary to return to specific place
  • Teacher provides stimulus for learning
  • Teacher centred learning environment
  • All children treated alike
  • Play materials for nonspecific skills

* Excerpt from "THE ESSENTIAL MONTESSORI - ELIZABETH G. HAINSTOCK"

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