I'm often asked the differences between Montessori and Traditional education. There are so many things I could say! I recently posted on my Instagram page about 5 things you will most definitely find in a Montessori 6-9 classroom. It's also important to note that you might find these things in a non-Montessori class as well!
1) Hands-on materials: Dr Maria Montessori developed amazing materials. They help children to work independently, at their own level and at their own pace. Many non-Montessori classrooms also have hands-on tools, however they really are the hallmark of a Montessori environment.
2) Flexible seating: In Montessori classrooms, students choose where to sit. This might be by themselves, with a partner or in a small group. Students in Montessori classrooms often work on the floor as well as at tables.
3) Plants: I have not yet visited a Montessori environment with zero plants! They are the easiest way to provide a link to nature as well as giving an opportunity for respect and care.
4) Inclusion of nature: This could be in the form of wooden trays, a nature table, books and other natural elements.
5) Choice: There is almost always choice...even if there are only two options! Of course, there is usually much more than two. Providing age and developmentally appropriate choice helps children to feel independent, responsible and to practice good decision making skills.
These are only 5 in a long list of things you will find in a 6-9 Montessori classroom. What would you add?