Students at CACC Montessori School

The Montessori Advantage

Montessori vs. Traditional

How can a "real" Montessori classroom be identified?
  • A multi-aged, multi-graded heterogeneous grouping of students.
  • A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence. A schedule which allows large blocks of time to problem solve, to see connections in knowledge and to create new ideas.
  • A classroom atmosphere which encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching and emotional development.


  • emphasis on cognitive development
  • teacher-pupil ratio about 1 to 8
  • teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom
  • environment and method encourage self-discipline
  • mainly individual instruction
  • mixed age grouping
  • grouping encourages children to teach and help each other
  • child chooses own work
  • child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials
  • child works as long as he wishes on chosne project
  • child sets own learning pace
  • child spots own errors from feedback of material
  • child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success
  • multi-sensory materials for physical exploration
  • organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, etc.)
  • child can work where he chooses, move around and talk at will (yet not disturb work of others); group work is voluntary


  • emphasis on social development
  • teacher-pupil ratio about 1 to 25
  • teacher is center of classroom as "controller"
  • teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline
  • mainly group instruction
  • same age grouping
  • most teaching done by teacher
  • curriculum structured for child
  • child is guided to concepts by teacher
  • child generally allotted specific time for work
  • instruction pace set by group norm
  • if work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher
  • learning is reinforced externally by repetition, rewards and punishment
  • few materials for sensory development
  • no organized program for self-care instruction -- left primarily up to parents
  • child usually assigned to own chair; required to participate, sit still and listen during group lessons



CACC Montessori

1313 Little Baltimore Rd.
Hockessin, DE 19707