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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between the Montessori method of education and traditional teaching method?

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.”

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Is there any evidence that supports the success of Montessori education?

Angeline Lillard examines the impact of Montessori implementation fidelity. Her study found that children in classroom with high fidelity implementation showed significantly greater school- year gains on outcome measures of executive function, reading, math, vocabulary, and social problem-solving, than children in low fidelity or conventional classrooms.

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This longitudinal study of Milwaukee high school graduates showed that students who had attended Montessori preschool and elementary programs significantly outperformed a peer control group on math/science scores. “In essence,” the study found, “attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to 11 predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.

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Is Montessori good for children with learning differences? What about children who are advanced?

Children with special needs and learning differences often excel on the Montessori method because of the pacing nature of Montessori learning. All children are encouraged to learn by doing and they move ahead at their own pace. Although the Montessori method is used with children who have a wide range of learning abilities, Dr. Maria Montessori, worked with several groups of children with learning differences.

Likewise, a child who learns at a faster pace is allowed to move ahead at the pace of his/her learning ability. This means a child can cover more academic ground instead of group learning like that of a traditional classroom.