Inspire Kids Montessori vs. Mainstream
Inspire Kids Montessori
- Emphasis on cognitive & social development
- Care of environment & self
- Lessons presented with concrete materials that graduate into abstract reasoning
- Individual Instruction/Self-discipline
- Child sets own learning pace.
- Child chooses own work.
- Control of error built within materials
- Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and intrinsic success.
- Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration developing a “stereognositic” sense.
- Anecdotal collection of child’s progress
- Emphasis on social development
- Group and individual instruction
- Abstract lessons are introduced with none or few concrete demonstrations.
- Less emphasis on self-care instruction
- Teacher relays information
- Teacher is the center of the environment.
- If error is corrected, it is done so by the teacher.
- Learning is reinforced by repetition and rewards.
- Lessons not individualized & introduced without consideration of individual readiness
- Instruction pace set by group norms
- Fewer materials for sensory development
- Traditional assessment is according to standardized norms.