Park Point Montessori vs Traditional Daycare

Traditional

Montessori

Main focus is basic child care. Academics and social development are secondary.

Emphasis in on “Whole child development”, which includes academics, physical social and emotional.
Most of the learning is by boring mechanical repetition and memorizing.
Most of the learning is cognitive by touching and feeling objects.
No organized setting up of class rooms and learning materials for sensory (touching, feeling) and concrete manipulation.
Montessori class rooms are set up by subject areas to stimulate children’s multi-sensory skills and sequential learning.
A regimented class room atmosphere with assigned seat that restricts socializing and free movement.
A warm social environment in which children freely move, explore and learn.
Teacher plans lessons and decides what children will be taught.
Children self-direct to explore, pick and choose what to learn.
All children learn the same lesson.
Individualized instruction and care to match the Interest, needs and capabilities of each student.
Teacher and group norm sets the learning pace and time allotment for the lesson.;
Each child sets his own learning pace and works as long as he desires
Teachers act as class room managing passive participant.
Teachers acts as observers and facilitators. Child participates actively in his/her development.
Class room discipline is maintained by teacher instilling fear and/or punishment.
Class room discipline is maintained by instilling self-discipline, respect for teachers and counselling.
Classes are set up based on same age group children irrespective of their developmental needs and learning capabilities.
Classes are set up based on the developmental needs of children of varying ages. This allows children to interact socially and adapt to work and learn independently and/or from each other.