If you’re looking for a preschool in Lewisville, Flower Mound or the surrounding areas, you may have wondered about the differences between all of your options. As new parents tour our school, we’re often asked, “What’s the difference between Montessori and a traditional preschool or daycare?”
Here are three of the top differences to consider as you search for a preschool in Lewisville that’s the right fit for your family…
1. Learning and the Role of the Teacher
In traditional preschools, learning is teacher-centric—meaning its led and directed by the teacher. There is often a predetermined curriculum, regardless of student’s needs or interests, and learning happens more passively and as a group, while students are in their seats.
In a Montessori classroom, the teacher serves as a guide for learning and follows the lead of the student (e.g., student-directed learning). Curricula expand in response to a student’s needs or interests and lessons are individual, active, and hands-on.
2. Structure and Environment
In a traditional preschool you often find a highly structured schedule and a more loosely structured environment with many toys and stations based on activities or themes. Depending upon the schedule, students will move between play and learning many times throughout the day.
A typical Montessori classroom is highly structured—what we refer to as a “prepared environment”—with a more loosely structured schedule during the student’s core work time. The classroom is typically organized into five core areas of Language, Math, Practical Life, Sensorial and Culture/Science. During their core work time, students are able to freely move about the classroom, making selections based on lessons they have previously received from their teacher. The result is a quieter, calmer and less stressful learning environment.
3. Purpose of Education
Preschools are structured like traditional elementary schools and their purpose is to get students ready to attend public or private school.
The purpose of a Montessori school, and more specifically, Montessori Episcopal School, is to turn preschoolers into independent, creative thinkers. For us that means our goal is to foster a love of learning in your child and help them to think critically – essentially teaching them how to learn. We also believe strongly in whole-child education, so in addition to covering the core Montessori areas of Practical Life, Cultural/Science, Sensorial, Math and Language, we also provide weekly art, music, library, PE, chapel and Godly Play lessons.
We’ve highlighted three of the top differences between a traditional preschool or daycare and Montessori education. While there are many more, we believe the best way to learn more and figure out what’s right for your family is to visit different campuses, tour the facility, meet the director and teachers and have your questions answered.
We would love the opportunity to show you around Montessori Episcopal School and help you make a decision about your child’s educational future. Click here to Schedule a Tour or contact the office today.