5 Differences between Montessori and Traditional Education

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Is Montessori school better than traditional schools? What is the difference between the Montessori and the traditional schooling system? We generally get confused about these two, so here are 5 major differences between Montessori and traditional education and the schools.

Quite recently I have heard the commotion about the Montessori method of learning among preschool mothers. While researching this style of education, I realized daughter has studied Montessori-based learning in play and preschool. To my surprise, I wasn’t even aware of the ‘name’, however, liked the pattern and overall curriculum.

What is Montessori method of education?

The method of teaching is quite different from traditional schooling, wherein the major importance is given to learning. India is still at the nascent stage when it comes to adopting a different style of learning for young to very young kids. Because, we still stuck with ‘my kid should/must/ought to know this and that by a particular age’.

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In Montessori method is learning, the children are given creative freedom and hands-on learning to bring out their natural instinctive nature. Dr. Maria Montessori discovered this dynamic style of learning, where kids develop skills based on self-experiencing, role-playing, and observing their immediate environment.

5 differences between Traditional and Montessori method

1. Learning –

In Montessori method of learning, the emphasis is given on individual learning pace and ability. Teachers give ample space and time to each child to learn the concepts by experiencing themselves without any interruptions. However, in traditional method of learning, a schedule is followed giving each activity an equal time and energy.

2. On the job learning –

Montessori learning is by experience only, hands-on method of education where children discover concepts by touch, feels, see, the activities. On the other hand, in normal education the teachers introduce the concept in show and tell methods.

3. Classrooms –

In traditional classrooms, the concepts are decided based on expectations of the curricular or teachers. A set syllabus is followed touching upon activities expected to be learnt in a stipulated time. However, in Montessori method of learning classrooms plays an important role. Conducive environment is created for each child to learn and experience activities based on their personal learning abilities.

4. Provider’s Role –

Teacher’s role plays the most important part in Montessori method of learning. Hence, well qualified and trained teachers are only hired for this role. Teachers give individual time and attention to each child, based on their state of understanding. In Montessori schools, concepts are not pushed down to the students. However, in traditional teaching teachers give same time and pace to each children despite of their learning abilities or pace.

5. Development –

In traditional classrooms, more emphasis is given on the intellect development based on pre-decided parameters. Montessori learning is different, and it emphasizes on holistic development of the child. Intellect, social, cognitive, and emotional development through experience based education.

What I really like about the Montessori style of education is, it’s not pushed down to children. Unlike most of our schools and boards with pre-decided syllabus, concepts, and tools of learning. I am not against traditional teaching, I have learned in one and now my daughter is. However, we must learn the concept of self-exploring and behavioral development from Montessori schools nearby us.

In my last post for #MyFriendAlexa, I have written on Early Childhood Care and Education. In the next post, we will move towards main-stream schooling and learn about the different education boards in our country.

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  1. I like the concept of Montessori part, though not against traditional one but I believe Montessori one encourage our kids and make them smarter.

    1. Montessori method of learning makes sure the kids learn at their own pace and when they are ready.

  2. Thank you for sharing the differences helped me understand a lot, since I was in a fix whether to admit my daughter in regular or Montessori school. #tmmreads #myfriendalexa

  3. This is the right way to develop the child brain , it will develop all the skills like cognitive , gross motor and other skills

    1. Thank you, glad you liked it.

  4. Thanks for sharing this post with me as my daughter is going to start School this boss is really helpful for understanding the difference between Montessori and other methods.
    Montessori way of learning is always my first preference.

  5. During early years, Montessori based learning is an ideal practice to enhance a child’s capability

  6. Some really nice pointers out there. I wasnt aware about some of them. Good post.

  7. Mujhe ye sab nahi pata tha, matlab ki ye differences….lakin bahut acchi information aapne di… Mujhe bhi ab ye sab samjh aa gaya to baccho ko is barey me bata sakti hu ??

  8. Very well written and gives clear perspective on both education pattern. I was always in favour of Montessori method as i believe it has a holistic approach towards development of a child.

    1. It is indeed, and designed really well for pre-primary kids.

  9. Many parents are not aware of these differences thus it is a very useful post Dipika will definitely share with other parents. Thanks a bunch for sharing :-)..

    1. Thank you, Neha. Glad you liked it.

  10. I went through this dilemma when I had to out my daughter admitted to the school. more parents shud be made aware of this.

  11. I love the Montessori approach. I have filled this when I was home schooling my daughters. Eventually they had to come to traditional method though.

  12. My sister put my nephew in a Montessori and she praises Montessori a lot. I have been very lazy to actually read about the difference and this post certainly helped me a lot!

  13. I didn’t know the difference between the Montessori and the traditional method either. Montessori seems better for it doesn’t create unnecessary peer pressure issues.

    1. Peer pressure is something that’s omnipresent, regardless of board or place/school.

  14. Montessori is definitely a great method to nurture the kids through the right educational way. You have explained it nicely.

    1. I too feel, it is. Thank you.

  15. We don’t have a school in our vicinity that would follow a Montessori method. Have heard a lot of good things about this method.

    1. Yes, as this style of studying still has few takers. Thank you for stopping by.

  16. A very comprehensive comparison to enlighten the methods of teaching!

    1. Thank you for stopping by.

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