Montessori Method of Education

It is our vision at Brighton Montessori to develop collaborators, leaders, and innovators. How do we do this? Our students are able to unlock their fullest potential through the leadership of our certified, trained Montessori Teachers, an inviting, clean and prepared environment, and the use of Montessori materials that are age specific and designed to allow development of the student's social, academic, and developmental skills. There are many characteristics that are common to students who learn in an authentic Montessori environment.

 

 

Montessori students have:

  • Self Confidence

  • Leadership

  • Love of Learning

  • Critical Thinking Skills

  • Everyday Living Skills

  • Positive Social Skills

  • Advanced Academic Skills for Their Age

  • Respect

  • Grace and Courtesy

Why Montessori?

Montessori Method Vs. Tradition Preschool

A common question we receive is, "What is the difference between Montessori education and traditional schooling?" Below is a comparison chart that highlights the main differences. Use this chart and your own intuition to help decide if the Montessori method is a great fit for your child.

Montessori

  • Flexible Curriculum

  • Allows the child to learn at his/her own pace

  • Child is free to move and discover on their own

  • Scientific method of teaching

  • Reality Oriented

  • Specific places for materials- Sense of order

  • Child chooses activities according to inner needs

  • Child-centered learning environment

  • Self-education through correcting materials

  • Self-esteem is assumed to arise from child's authentic pride in their own accomplishments

  • Recognition of sensitive periods in each child

  • Multi-sensory materials to develop specific skills

  • Liberty to speak (without disturbing others) as he/she pleases

  • Focus on developing the child's wholesome personality

  • Emphasis on personal, one-to-one relationships between child and teacher

Traditional

  • Rigid Curriculum

  • Progresses at teacher's pace

  • Constant guidance by the teacher with less freedom to move about the environment

  • Non Scientific

  • Much role play and fantasy

  • Random placement of materials

  • Teacher decides what the child must learn

  • Teacher-centered environment

  • Use of reward and punishment as motivation

  • Self-esteem is assumed to arise from external judgement and reward

  • All children are assumed to be alike

  • Play materials for non specific skills

  • Silence on many occasions is enforced

  • Focus on imparting maximum quantum of knowledge

  • Emphasis on the teacher as the source of knowledge and primary authority of group

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