Montessori Education

Traditional Education

Based on helping the natural development of the child

Based on the transfer of a national curriculum

Children learn at their own pace and follow their interest.

Children learn from a set curriculum according to time frames that is set for everyone.

Children learn from using materials specifically prepared for the purpose.

Children are taught by a teacher

The child is an active participant in learning

The child is a passive participant in learning

Understanding comes through the child’s own experiences and using the materials.

Learning is based on subjects and is limited to what is given

Learning links physical exploration and cognition

Children sit a desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets

Child can work where they are comfortable, move around, talk at will yet not disturb others

Child have their own chair and are encouraged to sit still and listen.

Teacher works in collaboration with the children

The class is teacher led

The child’s individual development brings its own reward and motivation

Motivation is achieved by a system of reward and punishment

Environment and method encourages internal self-discipline

Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline

Child works as long as they wish on a chosen project

Child is generally given specific time limits for work

Uninterrupted work cycle

Block time, period lessons

Mixed age group

Same age group

Working and learning is matched to the social development of the child

Working and learning without emphasis on the social development of the child

Shared focus on the acquisition of academic, social, practical and like skills.

Main focus on academics.