What is the main difference between a Montessori classroom and a traditional classroom?

In Montessori classrooms, teachers address the needs of individual children who are learning through practice with hands-on materials. The teacher introduces learning materials systematically, depending on the child’s developmental needs. Classrooms are designed to promote self discipline, independence, and responsibility. Academically, children develop a foundation in language and math skills, physical and cultural geography, physical sciences, history, music and art. They also learn practical life skills cooking, carpentry, sewing, and cleaning. One of the most important aspects of a Montessori Classroom is the teacher’s respect for the dignity of the child, no matter how young the child is.