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  • Values cognitive psychological and spiritual development

  • Primarily individual instruction

  • Mixed age grouping

  • Clutter-free environment

  • Child chooses work

  • Children are exposed to more advanced concepts, moving at own pace

  • Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration





  • Emphasis on rote knowledge (memorization through repetition)

  • Primarily group instruction

  • Same age grouping

  • No emphasis on order

  • Curriculum rigidly structured for all children

  • Children often get bored once concepts have been mastered

  • Few materials for sensory development




Research shows that Montessori children are better prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on criteria such as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.


Montessori is a holistic approach to education. The child's natural curiosity and independence are encouraged in an environment that fosters both personal and academic growth.


Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses, and manipulative materials reinforce concepts as they are taught.


Children of various levels of maturity and ability work and learn together. Younger children have role models, and older children develop empathy as they learn the value of helping others.

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