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Montessori Method Versus Traditional Approach

Folsom Lake Montessori Academy offers a unique way to learn. But how exactly does a Montessori curriculum differ from traditional schools, or even a traditional daycare setting?

Montessori MethodTraditional Approach
Emphasis on cognitive and social developmentEmphasis on social development
Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroomTeacher is center of classroom as “controller”
Environment and method encourage self-disciplineTeacher enforces discipline
Mainly individual instructionGroup and individual instruction
Mixed age groupingSame age grouping
Grouping encourages children to teach and help each otherMost teaching done by teacher
Child chooses own workActivities structured for child
Child works as long as he wishes on chosen projectChild generally allotted specific time for work
Child sets own learning paceInstruction pace usually set by group
Child spots own errors from feedback on materialIf work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher
Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of successLearning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)Less emphasis on self-care instruction
Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); group work is also encouragedChild usually assigned own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions

Take A Tour To Learn More

To see the Montessori philosophy in action, please take a tour. The school opens: Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m