What's the Difference Between Montessori & Mainstream Education?


The teacher has an unobtrusive role in the classroom

The children teach themselves, using prepared materials

Prepared kinesthetic, self-correcting materials

Uninterrupted work cycles

Multi-aged classrooms

Integrated subjects and learning based on developmental psychology

Children learn at their own pace and follow their own interests

Based on helping the natural development of the human being

Mainly individual instruction

The children’s individual development brings its own reward and therefore motivation


The class is teacher led

The children are taught by a teacher

Textbooks, pencil and paper, worksheets

Block time, period lessons

Single-grade classrooms

Individual subjects

Children learn from a set curriculum according to a time frame that is the same for everyone

Based on the transfer of a national curriculum

Mainly group instruction

Motivation is achieved by a system of rewards and punishments