Montessori has too much or too little structure
Montessori provides children with the freedom of choice within a structured environment. Materials are presented, and structure is based on the child’s own interest and the time to complete an activity.
Teachers are the guides in Montessori education. Children have freedom within limits. There are three main rules in a Montessori environment.
There is no discipline in Montessori
Teachers are the guidelines in Montessori education. Children have freedom within limits. There are three main rules in a Montessori environment:
- You cannot harm yourself
- You cannot harm others
- You cannot harm the environment
Montessori children don’t play
It’s true that Maria Montessori believed that play is the work of the child. Montessori created activities and materials that children given tokenistic and plastic tea sets, children made tea with real ceramic pots, mugs and tea leaves.
Montessori is just for the gifted children/ children with disabilities
Maria Montessori first started teaching children with learning difficulties and branched out to cater for all children, regardless of ability
Montessori children won’t do well in mainstream schools
Children in a Montessori environment are taught independence and social skills which makes it easier to adapt to new environments and build relationships with their peers. Children are exposed to live long and life wide learning allowing them to have a positive correlation between school and learning experiences.