Emphasizing learning through all 5 senses

Traditional child care setting

  • Emphasis on rote knowledge and social development.
     
  • Teacher has domain, active role in classroom activity; child is a passive participant in learning.
     
  • Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline.
  • Child generally given specific time limit for work.
     
  • Instruction, both individual and group, conforms to the adult’s teaching style.
     
  • Most teaching is done by teacher and collaboration is discouraged.

Emphasizing learning and creativity through all 5 senses

Step-by-step Montessori

  • Emphasis on rote knowledge and social development.
     
  • Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom activity; child is an active participant in learning.
     
  • Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline.
  • Child works as long as she/he needs on chosen project.
     
  • Instruction, both individual and group, adapts to each student’s learning style.
     
  • Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other.