I do not teach Montessori but I know a little about the philosophy. I have a student coming into my classs next year who was in a Montessori preschool. I know that Montessori focuses on children learning through self-discovery, but do the teachers actually have a whole group lesson with the students? Or is it all exploration? I'm asking because I'm not sure how this students is going to react to a different classroom setting. By all means, I do a lot of hands on activities and use tons of manipulatives, but I also have the students as a whole group teaching a lesson.