Montessori v/s Traditional

Little Geniuses Montessori offers a unique way to learn. But how exactly does a Montessori curriculum differ from traditional schools, or even a traditional day-care setting?

Here are some things you can expect from a Montessori versus a traditional

                            MONTESSORI METHOD
  • Emphasis on cognitive and social development.
  • Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom.
  • Environment and method encourage self-discipline.
  • Mainly individual instruction.
  • Mixed age grouping.
  • Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other.
  • Child chooses own work.
  • Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project.
  • Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials.
  • Child sets own learning pace.
  • Child spots own errors from feedback on material.
  • Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of success.
  • Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)
  • Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); group work is also encouraged.


  • Emphasis on social development.
  • Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”.
  • Teacher enforces discipline.
  • Group and individual instruction.
  • Same age grouping.
  • Most teaching done by teacher.
  • Activities structured for child.
  • Child generally allotted specific time for work.
  • Child is guided to concepts by teacher.
  • Instruction pace usually set by group.
  • If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher.
  • Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards.
  • Less emphasis on self-care instruction


  • Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions.