Characteristics of a Montessori Child

A Montessorian exhibits the following traits:

  • Independent thinkers
  • Decision makers
  • Creative
  • Explorers
  • Happy
  • Sensitive to others and the community
  • Responsible


Montessori environment Traditional school
Emphasis on cognitive development Emphasis on social development
Mainly individual instruction Mainly group instruction
Mixed age groups Same age groups
Child works at his / her own pace Group sets instructional pace
Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other Most teaching is done by teacher; collaboration is discouraged
Teacher has an unobtrusive role in the classroom; child is an active participant in learning Teacher has a dominant, active role in classroom activity; child is passive participant in learning
Environment and method encourage self-discipline Teacher acts as the enforcer of discipline