Top 5 Differences Between Montessori and Daycare

Looking for the best childcare in Klein Spring, Texas starts with knowing the differences.

Top 5 Differences Between Montessori and Traditional Day Care

Looking for the best childcare in Klein Spring, Texas starts with knowing the differences.

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. – Dr. Maria Montessori


Parents considering various daycare options for their babies, toddlers, or preschool aged children often have many questions about the Montessori Method and how it differs from traditional day care facilities.

If you’ve toured some of the daycares and child care centers in the Spring, Texas area, you’ll observe many key differences when you tour Klein-Spring Montessori. Below we’ve included some common questions parents ask us when learning about these differences:

Difference #1:

Child-led Activities vs. Adult-led Activities


Do you keep children to a schedule of activities, so they learn to follow routines?

At Klein-Spring Montessori, we embrace the true Montessori Method, which focuses on child-led exploration rather than set adult-led activities. In a typical childcare setting, children adhere to adult-set routines and schedules. These schedules require that children move to a new activity every 20 to 30 minutes. For example, part of a daycare schedule may look like this:

  • 20 minutes of group circle time
  • 30 minutes of art or similar creative activity
  • 30 minutes of outside play
  • 10 minutes snack time

Children must move as a group to the next activity whether they’re ready or not. Instruction occurs in a group setting at the adult-led pace, even if some children may move slower or faster.

A Montessori program contrasts quite sharply in comparison. At Klein-Spring Montessori, we support a child’s various stages of building independence from age 18 months throughout the preschool years. These years mark a critical time of self discovery. We allow our children to choose their own activities and discover them at their own pace. Core instruction happens on a one-to-one basis where teachers give presentations to one individual child at a time. Afterward, the child is allowed the opportunity to work practice the instruction until ready to move on.

Without adult-led schedules, doesn’t the environment become quite noisy and chaotic?

On the contrary, Klein-Spring Montessori fosters an orderly, calm environment where children can thrive without unnecessary distractions. Many child care or day care facilities operate under quite high noise levels and it seems difficult for the caretakers to keep messes under control. Instead, our environment is astonishingly neat and calm (You have to see it to believe it!). One of our goals involves enabling children to develop age-appropriate focus skills and to joyfully participate in their activities. To make this goal a reality, we provide them with an environment that minimizes distractions and interruptions.

Difference #2

Teacher Credentials and Turnover


What kind of training or certifications do Montessori teachers have? Is it different than that of a typical day care provider?

Most of the staff in a traditional child care provider facility have minimal training; often, only the bare minimum required by law, if any at all. Additionally, day care centers usually have high caregiver turnover. This is because staff that’s poorly trained and underpaid become burnt out quickly after only a few months trying to handle 12 very young children with minimal help.

We’re dedicated to providing the best instruction and care to children from the Spring, Klein, and surrounding areas. All of our lead teachers have Montessori teaching credentials and many of our assistant teachers are actively working on obtaining these credentials. As a result, we have extremely low teacher turnover, resulting in continuity of care for your children. Many of them joined us 10 to 20 years ago. One of our staff members even attended Klein-Spring Montessori as a youngster!

Sandy Priska, owner and Head of School, is also a trained Montessori educator. Ms. Priska regularly visits and observes each classroom. She provides constructive feedback to teachers and their assistants, empowering them to continue to provide the best, most helpful instruction possible.

Difference #3

Deliberated program vs. all-day-play groups


Can my 18 to 20 month old actually learn in a Montessori environment? Will my preschooler be ready for kindergarten and beyond?

Children of all ages can learn through exploration, play, and interacting with others. In the right environment, children eagerly build independence and learn at their own pace. We provide an environment, which fosters independent exploration and practice. The children at Klein-Spring Montessori have countless exciting opportunities to develop their skills through daily practice of chosen activities. We provide a mindful and deliberated education program for children ages 18 months through preschool, rather than the all-day-play group activities children get at most daycare and childcare facilities.

Difference #4

Cooperative behavior vs. group conformity


Do Montessori schools teach courtesy and self discipline at this young age?

At Klein-Spring Montessori, we teach children to follow clear, age-appropriate rules that support an orderly and calm classroom. For example, when finished with an activity, they put it away before getting another one. Further, they are not to take an activity from another child. Our teachers give children a toolbox of language necessary to properly and clearly express their needs. We focus on building cooperative behavior that grows interiorly rather than stark group conformity required in a daycare setting. Teachers and even older children act as role models of self-disciplined behavior for the younger ones.

Difference #5

Calm and orderly vs. controlled chaos


Does the Klein-Spring Montessori approach work well?

We invite you to arrange a tour of our school. We’re certain you’ll be astonished at how calm, orderly, and peaceful our children are. If you’re looking for quality care and education for your 18 month old to preschool-aged child and live in the 77379, 77070, 77388, 77375, or any of the surrounding areas, you’ll love the Klein-Spring Montessori difference. Call us at 281-370-5001 now to set up a tour.

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“My kiddos are currently enrolled at KSMS and have been there over a year. I cannot imagine a better place for them at this time of their life for education and physical well-being. The teachers, helpers and directors are friendly and nurturing and know everyone by name. The hours work great for our work schedules. I only wish they went beyond pre-k!” – Mia G.

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