Montessori vs. Traditional

Comparison of the Montessori Method with Traditional Education

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

  • Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well.
  • They have been encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others. Their good communication skills ease the way into new settings.
  • Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop strong self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.

Montessori Madness!

​How do you hug a child like this?

Montessori Media

We encourage parents to educate themselves about Montessori education so that their family can get the most out of the experience in our school community. We offer many parent education nights throughout the year to explain the Montessori philosophy. In addition, we recommend the following videos and books as a way to get a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy and the unique ways your child will love to learn at Turtle River Montessori!

Suggested Reading


  • The Absorbent Mind and The Secret of Childhood and Spontaneous Activity in Educationby Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Montessori Madness, A Parent to Parent Guideby Trevor Eissler
  • Montessori: The Science Behind the Geniusby Angelina Stoll Lillard
  • Education for Human Developmentby Mario Montessori, Jr.
  • The Montessori Revolution in Educationby E.M. Standing
  • The Montessori Elementary School and its Curriculumby Jean K Miller
  • The Montessori Wayby Tim Seldin
  • Montessori in the Classroom and Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Young Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six by Lesley Britton
  • Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child by Maja Pitamic
  • Children: The Challengeby Rudolf Dreikurs
  • Conscious Disciplineby Becky Bailey
  • Setting Limits : How to Raise Responsible, Independent Children by Providing Clear Boundariesby Dr. Robert MacKenzie
  • Setting Limits for the Strong Willed Childby Dr. Robert MacKenzie


The following articles also provide valuable insight into the Montessori philosophy.