MONTESSORI vs DEVELOPMENTAL


MONTESSORI

All teachers are required to be Montessori certified.
Teacher has classroom role in classroom activity; child is an active participant in learning.
Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline.
Instruction, both individual and group, adapts to each student's learning style.
Mixed age grouping
Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other.
Child chooses own work from interests and abilities.

Our classrooms maintain a low teacher to student ratio policy which ensures optimum learning and individualized academic instruction.

1yr olds:    1:6

2yr olds:    1:8

3-6yr olds: 1:12

Child works as long as he/she wishes on chosen projects.
Child sets own learning pace to internalize information.
Child spots own errors through feedback from material.
Learning is reinforced internally through the child's own repetition of an activity and internal feelings of success.
Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration
Organized program for learning care of self and the environment

(polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)

Child can work where he/she is comfortable, moves around and talks at will (yet disturbs not the work of others ); group work is voluntary and negotiable.
Emphasis on cognitive structures and social development
All teachers are CPR and First-Aid trained
Child formulates own concepts from self-teaching materials.

DEVELOPMENTAL

Teachers are only required to have a High School Diploma or equivalent
Teacher has dominant, active role in classroom activity; child is a passive participant in learning.
Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline.
Instruction, both individual and group, conforms to the Adult's teaching style.
Same age grouping
Most teaching is done by teacher and collaboration is discouraged.
Curriculum structured for child with little regard for child's interests.
Generally follows the state mandated policy of:

1yr olds:  1:6

2yr olds:  1:8

3yr olds:  1:12

4yr olds:  1:12

5yr olds:  1:20

Child generally given specific time limit for work.
Instruction pace is usually set by group norm or teacher.
If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher.
Learning is reinforced externally by rote repetition and rewards/discouragement.
Fewer materials for sensory development and concrete manipulation
Less emphasis on self-care instruction and classroom maintenance.
Child usually assigned own chair: encouraged to sit still and listen during group session.
Emphasis on rote knowledge and social development
Only one person on campus is required to be CPR and First-Aid trained
Child is guided to concepts by teacher.

DAYCARE

Teachers are only required to have a High School Diploma or equivalent
Daycare worker has a dominant role is policing the children.
Daycare worker acts as primary enforcer of external discipline.
No formal instruction.  Play based.
Same age grouping
No formal instruction. Play based
Unstructured
Generally follows the state mandated policy of:

1yr olds:  1:6

2yr olds:  1:8

3yr olds:  1:12

4yr olds:  1:12

5yr olds:  1:20

Unstructured
No formal instruction
No formal instruction
No formal instruction
Toys, blocks, puzzles
Unstructured
Unstructured
Emphasis on social development
Only one person on campus is required to be CPR and First-Aid trained
Unstructured

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