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Our goal is to establish positive relationships, so that each child develops a healthy respect for himself and others, and becomes a confident member of our preschool community.
The Differences Between Traditional School And Montessori Teaching System
When you think about your children’s education, there are quite a few options nowadays. One of the most unique and popular options is Montessori. What makes Montessori teaching system so special is its belief and emphasize on that all children are entitled to begin their educational journey in a good environment. The great learning environment which Montessori provides each child gives a positive impact to them and last long in their lives. That is the main reason why most of parents who made a visit to a Montessori Preschool and joined a tour choose to enroll their child there.
Once you step inside a Montessori Academy, you will notice straight away, quite a few core differences between traditional and Montessori learning environment.
The Classroom Arrangement
One major difference you will notice straight away is that there are no desks in the Montessori classrooms. Children are encouraged and motivated to be active and move around rather than sitting at their desk for long hours each day. This is a key element which creates a whole classroom environment. In the classroom, children work individually as well as in groups on activities. In this way, children can actively explore and check out the classroom environment and join the activities.
In the classroom setting like this, the ones active are children and passive ones are teachers. It is children who take an active role in their process of learning.
Mixed Age Group Classroom Setting
In a traditional school, only one age group can be found in one classroom. However in a Montessori classroom, you will find mixed age group of children in the same classroom. There are three year aged differences in one classroom.
It is purposely organized to encourage the community of whole including parents, teachers and school leaders as well as students to build a cross over trusting relationships and cooperate together.
The older children can teach to the younger ones and the younger children can learn from their seniors. The older children can show the appropriate classroom manner and behavior which their peers can learn and follow the lead. It is one of the beliefs of Maria Montessori that educational development of children can be limited in the same age group learning environment.
Self Sufficient Self Discipline
Children complete the teaching materials and tasks in the classroom by themselves and do self-correction. This helps developing self-sufficient ability. Children can see their own mistakes via feedback which is provided in the materials. Self-correction can also prevent children from embarrassment or feeling ashamed in front of others.
Prepared Classroom Environment
This is one of the crucial aspects of Montessori curriculum. Their classroom is significantly different from the traditional classrooms. Furniture is set all kid friendly and the artwork and materials hung are all at the children’s eye level. The interior and décor are very simple so they are not distractive for children’s learning process. To do group projects, they use large tables and chairs, and for individual projects, single tables and chairs are used.
Traditional grading systems are not used in Montessori curriculum. Children are not graded with test results, stars or any other comparison methods. Instead of that, each child is individually assessed by the teacher. It is a belief of the Montessori that the teachers should help and inspire the student and not judge them.
The Montessori curriculum focuses on creating a healthy and positive learning environment. When children are encouraged and enable to take an active role, they feel excited and positive about their learning.