The Montessori Difference

Montessori Method vs. Traditional Approach

pic_mont-diffMontessori Kids Universe offers a unique program. But how exactly does a Montessori curriculum differ from traditional schools, or even a traditional daycare setting?

Here are some things you can expect from a Montessori versus a traditional approach.

Montessori Method

Emphasis on cognitive and social development

Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom

Environment and method encourage self-discipline

Mainly individual instruction

Mixed age grouping

Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other

Child chooses own work

Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project

Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials

Child sets own learning pace

Child spots own errors from feedback on material

Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of success

Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)

Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); group work is also encouraged

Traditional Approach

Emphasis on social development

Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”

Teacher enforces discipline

Group and individual instruction

Same age grouping

Most teaching done by teacher

Activities structured for child

Child generally allotted specific time for work

Child is guided to concepts by teacher

Instruction pace usually set by group

If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher

Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards

Less emphasis on self-care instruction

Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions


Reggio Emilia Inspired

Montessori Kids Universe is proud to offer Davinci Kids… our proprietary Reggio Emilia inspired arts and science program. The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. The curriculum is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. Children are believed “knowledge bearers,” so they are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about everything they could meet or do during the day.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:

  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore;
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.