"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment."  -Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori Education

  • Mixed age groups and grade levels 

  • Child-centered education- the child chooses activities based on his/her interest                     

  • Uninterrupted work cycles

  • Children learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interest

  • Child is an active participant in learning

  • Learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked

  • Curriculum expands in response o the students' needs

Traditional Education


  • Same age groups

  • Teacher-centered education- the teacher chooses activities for the whole class to do

  • Block time, period lessons

  • Children learn from a set curriculum and to a time frame that is the same for everyone

  • Child is a passive participant in learning

  • Children sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets

  • Curriculum: Textbook driven with regards to students needs