Q: We have recently moved and I am thinking of registering my 6 year old in a Montessori Elementary school but I need more information on the differences between a Montessori elementary education and a more traditional approach.
I have personally spent a lot of time in both the Montessori elementary and traditional classrooms and there are many differences between the two; however, the most noticeable difference is that the students in a Montessori environment are all working at their own level, according to their individual strengths and needs.
Most students in a Montessori elementary classroom follow a daily and/or weekly plan that has been self-prepared by the student, with the guidance of their teacher. The student is responsible for accomplishing tasks independently and for seeking help when necessary. It is intriguing to watch the students' independence and confidence flourish in an environment where they are more accountable for their own learning.
Another major difference is the role of the teacher.
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