Montessori Curriculum

Written by Tara Peris
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The best way to understand the Montessori curriculum is to understand the philosophy that drives this approach to education. Montessori teaching practices and lesson plans all derive from a theoretical framework that stresses exploration and experiential learning. Although specific elements of the curricula may vary, the underlying principles remain the same.

Parents are often drawn to Montessori schooling as an alternative to poor public school options. With a shortage of school supplies and basic funding, most public schools are struggling to provide for the most basic needs of their students. With this in mind, many parents turn to private schooling not because of a commitment to a specific theoretical orientation, but because of concerns about what lies ahead at the local public school.

Understanding the Montessori Curriculum

It is important to understand that Montessori classrooms are different from other private school offerings. Both the specific Montessori curriculum and teaching practices differ considerably from what one might see in a parochial or prep school classroom. Although there are numerous ways in which Montessori distinguishes itself, the most pronounced difference is one of basic philosophy.

The Montessori approach stresses personal exploration and hands-on learning. Thus, the curriculum is structured around interactive exercises rather than traditional didactic teaching methods. Parents interested in sending their children to a Montessori school should begin by learning about the underlying theory that drives these exercises. They should then conduct an on-site observation in order to make sure that the program meets with their expectations.


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