In Montessori education we place a high value on the process children go through to complete a task, versus the end result. Young children have a strong, ingrained desire to experiment, explore and repeat steps with little worry about the end product, unlike an adolescent child or an adult. Here is a wonderful example from one of our Toddler classrooms!
One simple way to tell if a Montessori school is remaining true to Maria Montessori's original design is if the children are in a classroom with a variety of ages. In an authentic Montessori pre-school room, for example, the age range should be 3 to 6 years old. At White Bear Montessori, we call this classroom the Children's House, a house for children! But even beyond this age span, our children are given many opportunities to work with everyone, as young as 16 months through the elementary years.