At the heart of the Montessori curriculum is the belief that each child learns differently and their education needs to be tailored to individual needs. While there are distinctions between Montessori school and traditional daycares the following, are a few of the more prominent ones:
Montessori Teacher has an unobtrusive role in classroom activity; gives primarily individual lessons with children working independently.
The environment and method encourage internal self-discipline. Self-motivation is the goal.
Child spots her/his own errors through feedback from the material not adult correction.
Children choose their own work based on their own interests and abilities.
Three-year, mixed aged environment. The older children act as mentors to the younger children.
Daycare teacher is the central figure in classroom activity; mainly entire group lessons with all children doing the same activity at the same time.
External forms of discipline –rewards and punishments—are used as motivators.
Errors are pointed out and correction is usually given by the adult.
Curriculum is structured for the group with little variance for individual interests.
Children grouped by age