What makes the Montessori Method so unique? When you enter the calm, peaceful environment of a Montessori classroom, it may seem quite different from what you’ve come to expect from traditional educational environments. Here are a few differences you may notice.
The teacher has an unobtrusive role in the classroom
The teacher introduces activities to children and then lets them pursue their own interests while observing their progress.
Mainly individual instruction
Teachers work one-on-one with children in order to ensure that they fully grasp tasks and activities.
Children select their own experiences, at their pace
Once children have seen the teacher demonstrate activity at least once, they are encouraged to pursue that activity on their own, to work on figuring it out for themselves.
The Primary classroom usually allows for ages 3 to 5, so children of various skill levels can work alongside each other so that learning takes place at all different experience levels and is not limited by age.
Children learn from each other
In the mixed-age environment, the opportunity exists for older children who have “mastered” activities to share their knowledge with younger children; learning is enhanced by this positive exchange of experiences.
The child works as long as they want on chosen projects, enabling focus and concentration
Uninterrupted work times allow for a level of immersion that is difficult to achieve when lessons are timed and scheduled.
The teacher guides children toward self-realization and self-correction
Through repetition of activities, children learn to identify and rectify their mistakes, encouraging awareness of their abilities.
Child reinforces learning through repetition and feelings of success
The more a child works on a particular task or activity, the stronger they become, and the more confident they are in their abilities.