Columbus, OH, 10/05/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/
The Villa Montessori Preschool in Columbus wants parents of preschoolers to understand the key differences they will find when their children attend a Montessori preschool versus attending a traditional preschool or kindergarten.
Montessori vs. Traditional – The Process is the Biggest Difference
Both Montessori and traditional preschools and kindergartens have the goal of providing children with learning experiences. However, the way they go about achieving that goal – the learning experiences and methods – is decidedly different. Educators in the Montessori Method believe that the differences are important because they shape children’s learning behaviors, what they learn, and how they will interact with the world around them in the future. Montessori children in their kindergarten year (typically the third year in Montessori preschools) possess a sense of order and coordination, have longer attention spans, and are better organized in the classroom environment.
Other Key Differences Between Montessori and Traditional Preschools
The Role of the Preschool Teacher
In the Montessori preschool, the teacher plays an unobtrusive role in the classroom, allowing the children to choose activities and how long they spend on them, while traditional preschool teachers are often in the focus of the classroom as a controller, facilitating what the children do and when.
Additionally, the ratio of teachers to students is typically about 1 to 10 in a Montessori environment, while a traditional kindergarten is about 1 to 25.
The Classroom Environment
The environment in a Montessori classroom encourages self-discipline with guidance from the teacher. In traditional preschools, the teachers are the primary enforcers of discipline. This is likely because the Montessori classroom places emphasis on both cognitive and social development, while traditional preschools usually emphasize just social development.
Montessori preschool children are exposed to group and individual instruction as a rule, while many times, in a traditional preschool, only those students who need individual instruction receive it while students who are more advanced are left on their own much of the time. Additionally, the Montessori classroom typically has students of mixed ages, encouraging students to teach and help other students, while traditional preschools segregate children by age.
The overall environment in a Montessori classroom is one of autonomy. Children are able to choose their activities, where they will work, and for how long. There is a bigger focus on children’s feeling of internal success rather than external reinforcement using rewards or punishment. Moving around, talking (not disruptively), and group work are encouraged in the Montessori classroom.
About Villa Montessori Preschool Columbus
If you are interested in learning more about the Montessori method and the differences between it and traditional methods, please visit the Villa Montessori Preschool Columbus website.
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