Montessori Vs Conventional

 " Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. " -Maria Montessori

A successful Montessori Program is based on how children learn and develop. Freedom of choice, hands-on learning, communication skills and cooperative activities; optimize a child's individual potential and instills in him a love for learning. Montessori students learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly.

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ConventionalMontessori
Textbooks, pencil, paper and worksheets where teacher correct errorsPrepared kinesthetic materials that are self-correcting
Working and learning without emphasis on social developmentWorking and learning matched to the social development of the child
Group oriented, at groups pace or teachers paceIndividualized, at a level consistent with the child’s abilities
Teacher motivatedMotivated by self-development
Individual subjectsIntegrated subjects and learning based on developmental psychology
Activity cycles determined by set timeUninterrupted work cycles completed within child’s time
Single-graded classroomsMulti-age classrooms (3 year age span)
All children treated alikeRecognition of individual sensitive periods
Teacher sets curriculumChild chooses materials
Students fit mold of schoolSchool meets needs of students
Teacher lecturesHands-on learning: manipulating objects
Product-focusedProcess-focused

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