If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. ~MARIA MONTESSORI

As you search for a pre-school for your child, you may come across schools with differing philosophies and approaches – Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Play-Based, High Scope are just some of the types you may see.

With so many different pre-school philosophies and curriculums, how do you know which one is right for your child?

As you review the different types, think about your child’s personality and learning style, and try to imagine how your child will fit in each environment. Keep in mind that more than one type may fit well with your child’s learning style. Here is a quick look at some of the more common types of pre-school philosophies.