How does Montessori differ from the traditional preschool?
In a Montessori classroom, the teacher acts as a guide to the child who is learning how to use the numerous materials available. It is the child who decides what materials to work on, and this is determined partly by the area of the brain that is currently developing. The child progresses at his/her own rate.
In most traditional preschools, it is the teacher who decides the activities for the day, and typically the instructions are given to the whole group, rather than one on one or to a small group. The emphasis is often on play rather than on meeting the learning needs of the developing child.