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Searching for Preschools? 5 Preschool Philosophies Simplified

By Naomi Odes |

montessori shapesLooking for a preschool for your toddler can be a daunting task, especially if you live in a big metropolitan area. You’re still getting to know your child, so trying to figure out what’s the best environment for his or her first school experience is overwhelming. To start, it’s good to know about some of the more popular styles of preschool. For your information, I’ve taken these five most popular non-religious preschool philosophies and boiled them down to a couple of key ideas. I’ve also pointed you towards more resources for further information on each one. Hope you find this useful!
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5 Preschool Philosophies: A Brief Guide


Montessori philosophy supports the idea that children learn best by doing. Children learn through engaging all five senses. Each child has an individualized lesson plan and goes at his/her own pace. Classrooms are bright and organized, and child-centric. Classes are multi-age inviting mentoring relationships from older to younger students. For more information on this method, please check
The International Montessori Index.

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Montessori Classroom

Reggio Classroom

Waldorf Classroom

Traditional Classroom

Developmental Classroom (blocks)


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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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