What makes Montessori education so different from the traditional approach to education?

1.- Montessori classes are composed of mixed age groups of children, and children usually stay with the same teacher for three years. Younger children learn from older children, older children benefit from growing into a leadership role.

2.- The teacher is a trained observer who gives each child lessons individually or in a small group, depending on each child’s interest and readiness.

3.- Classrooms are designed for movement and hands-on activity. They are richly equipped with scientifically designed materials that encourage purposeful, sequenced work in every curriculum area.

4.- Learning is child-centered – guided by the trained adult, children choose their own work and they work at their own pace.

5.- Children learn by doing, exploring, and discovering, not by listening to a teacher talk.