Montessori vs. Traditional Elementary Education

April 13, 2019

Parents want their children to have the best education not just in general, but the best kind of education specific to their kids. Not all children learn and process information the same, which means that what works well for one child may not necessarily yield the same results for another. If you’re looking at alternatives to traditional elementary school, you may have come across Montessori elementary. Just what makes it different from a standard elementary education? 

Prepared in Accordance With the Students’ Needs 

Instead of having the teacher stick to what’s on the day’s or week’s agenda, lessons at Montessori schools are structured according to what the student needs. This is a good way to ensure students don’t spend too much time and energy on lessons they already comprehend, and that they learn in a way that suits their individual capabilities. 

Interactive Learning Methods 

Kids don’t memorize figures and facts at a Montessori school. Instead, they use materials to experience the lesson rather than just sit through it. Specific subjects found in a Montessori classroom include:   

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • History 
  • Geography
  • Science 
  • Math

The hands-on approach is a good way to connect to and nurture students who are tactile learners instead of visual learners. Additionally, the interactive approach can keep students from feeling discouraged or as if there may be something wrong with them when they aren’t able to grasp a lesson as quickly or the same way as everyone else. 

Lessons Offered Without Time Limits

Rather than have learners and teachers who feel rushed to get through a lesson to move on to the next, students are allowed to linger on a lesson or concept as long as it takes for it to click with them. What’s more is that Montessori schools don’t interrupt lessons, which can help students develop the focus needed to fully understand what’s being taught. Allowing students to set their own learning pace without interruption also helps them cultivate productivity skills. 

Individual Attention 

Rather than teaching classrooms, instructors at Montessori schools focus on teaching students. This does away with the blanket approach commonly utilized in traditional classrooms, which doesn’t always successfully meet the needs of each student. Montessori teachers also serve as guides, and kids can also serve as teachers to their own peers, using their own unique insights and observations to help their fellow students.

Flexible Grade Levels

Traditional elementary schools lump students together according to chronological age. While this seems to make perfect sense, such classification doesn’t allow much room for flexibility. Montessori schools group children together according to their overall developmental range, including:

  • 0-3
  • 3-6
  • 6-9
  • 9-12

Dividing students according to their specific developmental range can better prevent them from feeling held back when they’re ready to advance, or elevated to a higher grade when they only have a loose grasp of a specific concept, lesson or idea. 

Self-Worth Comes From Within

Think back to when you were in elementary school. Was your sense of academic self-worth born from within, or was it determined by how your teachers felt you were performing in class? You grow up to eventually realize you have to learn how to develop your own unique type of self-worth and self-esteem instead of subscribe and work towards someone else’s standards. Montessori schools teach little learners this idea at an early age, allowing them to take joy in their every accomplishment. 

Learning Is No Longer Mandatory

It’s unfortunate to say, but in traditional schools, the focus is on grades and how a student performs on standardized tests. This can leave kids feeling unfulfilled, pressured and disengaged with what’s being taught. At Montessori schools, teachers focus on engaging your child’s innate sense of curiosity and desire to learn.

Do you feel your son or daughter could enjoy exploring and learning about the world at a Montessori school? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Little Ones Too Nursery & Montessori to learn more.

Useful Tips for Negotiating With Your Child

Come Visit Us

Take a tour of our facility, meet our teachers, and ask us any questions you might have.

 (518) 346-2211
Recent Posts
Our Center
Our Child Care Centers work hard to facilitate learning through many various experiences. We are constantly fostering children’s learning experiences with activities in all of the essential areas; These areas include:
  • Cognitive
  • Gross Motor
  • Fine Motor
  • Social/Emotional
  • Language Development