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Is Waldorf similar to Montessori?

These two educational approaches began with a similar goal: to design a curriculum that was developmentally appropriate to the child and that addressed the child's need to learn in a tactile as well as an intellectual way. The Montessori approach emphasizes individual self-mastery in early childhood and elementary education. Waldorf schools see the young and growing child as fully integrated into a class of peers all receiving similar age appropriate educational experiences.
Monadnock Waldorf School regularly attracts students from our local Montessori schools.
Please read the following for more information: “A Look at Waldorf and Montessori Education in the Early Childhood Programs” by Barbara Shell.