Difference Between Traditional And Montessori Preschool


When children has reached the age where they are ready to enter preschool, the decision in choosing the school will be up to the parents. There are many things to consider like choosing between a play-based school and one similar to Starbright Montessori which employs the Montessori Method of learning.

 Looking at the background and the philosophies of the two – Montessori learning is more child-focused. It follows the belief that play for children is actual work for them. Therefore, the learning method is based on active play customized to the pace of each child. With this, children are the ones who choose the activity they want to do for the day and they are given uninterrupted time to do it. The role of the teacher is only to monitor the child’s progress and observe how they are using the learning aids provided inside the classroom.

Play-based learning, on the other hand, follows the belief that children are more likely to learn if they are playing. The teachers are the one directing the kind of activities they will undertake despite the unstructured and unlimited playtime provided.

When it comes to the environment, both have classrooms that are designed to help accomplish the goal of the philosophies behind the learning methods. For Montessori, the classrooms are divided into five areas based on the curriculum covering culture, math, sensorial, language and practical life. Play-based schools, meanwhile, have classrooms that are organized depending on the activities.

The main difference between the two is the structure of time and space. For Montessori learning, the space is high structured based for the activities of the children but there is no structure when it comes to how long they must do an activity. This is the opposite in play-based wherein there is specific time for activities but the space is not as structured as the former.

The major benefit of Montessori schools such as Starbright Montessori is that their children can be active depending on their rhythm and their individual pace. They are not forced to adapt to a certain level but they have the freedom to bloom on their own time.

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