Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, noncompetitive activities, help children develop strong self-images and confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups, forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.
A convenient comparison chart for the Montessori approach versus traditional education is available below.
|Traditional Classroom||Montessori Enviroment|
|Textbooks, pencil and paper, worksheets and dittos||Prepared kinesthetic materials with incorporated control of error, specially developed reference materials|
|Working and learning without emphasis on social development||Working and learning matched to the social development of the child|
|Narrow, unit-driven curriculum||Unified, internationally developed curriculum|
|Individual subjects||Integrated subjects and learning based on developmental psychology|
|Block time, period lessons||Uninterrupted work cycles|
|Single-graded classrooms||Multi-age classrooms|
|Students passive, quiet, in desks||Students active, talking, with periods of spontaneous quiet, freedom to move|
|Students fit mold of school||School meets needs of students|
|Students leave for special help||Special help comes to students|
|Product-focus report cards||Process-focused assessment, skills checklist, mastery benchmarks|