Parent Tips

Recommended Reading for Parents

Parent Tips

  • The Secret of Childhood, The Absorbent Mind, and The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori
  • Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing
  • Maria Today, by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Peace and Education, by Maria Montessori
  • Nuturing the Spirit, by Aline D Wolf

Educational Comparisons: Traditional versus Montessori

Traditional Montessori
Children grouped chronologically Non-graded (two or three year age span)
Class seated at desks much of time Students “work” at tables, group lessons on floor with freedom of movement
Class, as a group, studies one subject at a time Children pursue their own self-paced curriculum, individually or in small groups, in various parts of environment
Class schedules and frequent interruptions limit child’s involvement Long blocks of time and relatively few interruptions permit invaluable concentration
Postponement of cognitive development until first grade Critical cognitive skills developed before age six
Basal readers (traditional “see and say”) or “whole language” (non-traditional “see and say”) Phonetic-based, multi-sensorial; more flexible writing and reading opportunities
Teacher “corrects” pupils’ “errors” Children learn from peers, self-correcting materials; teacher’s role as a guide
Children are different.  Some can learn – others cannot All children can learn.  They are the same all over the world
No implicit trust and respect for every child Implicit trust and respect for every child.
Teacher centered Child centered
Teacher is transmitter of knowledge Children learn through their own discovery and experience
Homogeneous grouping Multiage grouping for community atmosphere
Answers are provided by teacher Children correct themselves through control of error
Time periods allotted No time restrictions
Some are held back, some are pushed ahead Each child learns at his/her own pace
Children are dependent on the teacher Children work independently
Teacher-directed with very little choice Children are self-directed and make their own choice
Subjects are compartmentalized Subjects are intertwined
Competitive Non-competitive
Rewards and punishment (grades) Self-motivation
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