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Montessori vs. Traditional Kindergarten

Both Montessori and traditional kindergarten preschools have the same goal of providing a learning experience for its children. However, the methods used to cultivate this learning experience varies vastly.


The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.


Montessori is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional and cognitive.

Watch the video below for a narration of the core benefits of Montessori compared to traditional kindergarten preschools. (Narrated by Trevor Eissler from 321 FastDraw)

Montessori School

Emphasis on cognitive development

Multi-age grouping

Teacher to child ratio is around 1-10

Emphasis on the child

Environment and methods encourage self discipline

Primarily individual instruction 

Grouping encourages child to teach and help others

Child discovers their own concepts from self-teaching materials

Child sets their own learning pace

Child spots errors from self-correcting materials

Child reinforces learning by repetition

Multi-Sensory materials for physical exploration

Organized program for learning care of self and the environment

Goal is to foster love of learning

Traditional Preschool

Emphasis on social development

Same-age grouping


Teacher to child ratio is around 1-25

Emphasis on the teacher

Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline

Primarily group instruction  

Most teaching is only done by the teacher

Child is guided into concepts by the teacher

The instruction pace is usually set by the group

If work is incorrect, errors are usually pointed out by the teacher

Learning is reinforced externally by repetition, reward and punishment

Few materials for sensory development

No organized program for self care instruction

Goal is to master core curricula objectives

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori

Sunflower Montessori Preschool is here to Prepare Your Child for the Future

The environment at Sunflower Montessori Preschool is crafted carefully to adhere to all Montessori guidelines mentioned above to develop a child’s self-discipline and independence. These qualities, and the adaptability of young children in general, allow Montessori children to adjust readily to new situations in and outside the classroom.

Learn more about Sunflower Montessori Preschool of Van Nuys on our Homepage.

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