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Steiner and Montessori

Montessori preschool classroom. "Preschool classroom" by montessori toolkit is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Both Steiner and Montessori education use formal schooling but with a curriculum that differs considerably from that offered in mainstream schools.

Both models have a particular philosophy of the natural physical and intellectual development of the child which underpin their educational practices. Steiner (Waldorf) education uses creative arts to build up the spiritual and moral aspects of children. Montessori education focuses on the independence and freedom of the children, with self-directed 'discovery' learning.