There are many principles that set a Montessori education apart from others. If you’ve visited other schools, you’ll probably notice the differences. We strive to provide an academic environment that also enhances self-esteem and develops a strong sense of individual responsibility and community.
Spend some time in the classroom and on our campus. What do you observe?
Montessori vs Conventional School
1. Does a child have an opportunity to choose work that interests him/her?
We think the child learns more when working on interesting materials that appeal to the child at that time of their development.
2. Does the teacher act as a guide or is the teacher the source of all knowledge?
If the teacher is always “the front of the room,” what motivates the child to investigate, explore, and learn?
3. Do the children have a regular opportunity to work with children of different ages?
Scientific studies have confirmed that both the oldest and youngest in a multi-age classroom learn more than in the traditional one-grade room.
4. Is the emphasis on cognitive structures and social development rather than rote knowledge?
There is so much to learn, and that is changing so quickly, that rote memorization is of little use. The child must learn HOW to learn.
5. Does the school encourage internal self-discipline rather than the teacher acting as primary enforcer of external discipline?
The child must develop the ability to pay attention and stay on task, and that must come from within, not from a “task master.”
6. Are the children encouraged to teach, collaborate and help each other regularly?
In the real world, successful people are those who can work well with others. Yet many traditional classrooms discourage cooperation.
7. Can a child work as long as he or she wants on an interesting challenge without being stopped by a bell or a “period change?”
Who knows when the child has learned all he is ready for at that moment? He or she needs a large block of time not interrupted by arbitrary schedules.
8. Is learning its own reward, not “motivated” by prizes and extrinsic rewards?
Prizes and grades encourage competitiveness and discourage cooperation. A child who is really learning finds a joy that far exceeds any teacher-produced reward.
9. Are multi-sensory “hands on” materials in regular use?
What’s learned from workbooks and practice sheets is superficially learned if at all. Montessori provides three-dimensional equipment that makes learning fun.
10. Can the child choose a favorite spot to work instead of being restricted to a desk and seat?
Some learning needs extra space. And if there is more than one learner, even more space is required. A school desk doesn’t always work.
11. Are the children respectful of the teacher and the environment?
In the Montessori environment the teacher is a learning companion and guide.
12. Are the children nice to each other?
Nobody is happy working in a threatening atmosphere of criticism and sarcasm. That’s why we emphasize courtesy and empathy.
13. Is the environment organized and attractive?
The Montessori environment is organized around the interests and stages of the child’s development.
14. Do the teachers and staff show respect for the children?
Children in the Montessori class are given the amount of freedom they can handle. They are not required to always be in lines or carrying passes.
15. Are the children calm?
Our students have the self-confidence to be quiet, sociable and agreeable.