We live in a world of academics. Geometry and history define our buildings. Math is a part of each retail exchange we make. The language arts form the basis of all our communication while physics and chemistry allow us to understand everything from melting ice cream to rockets launching into space.
Whenever possible, Montessori Bali makes lessons relevant to children’s experiences so their knowledge can be anchored in the world they know. Academic development is further enhanced by customising each child’s lesson plan so that it is aligned with their personal stage of development and method of learning. The learning process for children attending Montessori Bali starts with indirect learning and the manipulation of tactile educational materials in the preschool. These children, for example, fold square napkins into triangles as part of a practical life lesson and indirectly learn the shapes that lay the groundwork for future lessons in geometry. The academic concepts embedded in Montessori materials are so readily absorbed that many children are able to read, write and perform simple arithmetic before leaving preschool.
The five Great Lessons, introduced at the lower primary level, ignite student imaginations as they first learn how the Universe was formed, how life developed on earth, the unique qualities of humans, the history of language and the development of numbers. Each of these pivotal lessons acts as a spring-board to further discussion topics, student projects and subject areas. These primary level children transition away from indirect learning to lessons delivered through a combination of tactile educational materials, games, stories, experiments and presentations of abstract concepts. With each advancing level of school, students work with proportionally more abstract concepts.