Montessori’s trained guides carefully direct students along a path of discovery where they gain knowledge independently. Montessori Bali provides the unique environments, materials and methods that optimize social, self-expressive and academic growth for each stage of a child’s development.
Academics in the Montessori School Bali start in the preschool where children are indirectly prepared for the more abstract lessons to come. The act of folding square fabric napkins to form triangles builds familiarity with relative shapes and, in this case, indirectly prepares students for later lessons in geometry. Children’s interests are sparked when guides carefully demonstrate Montessori materials. Rather than using verbal instruction, the demonstration method itself conveys the significant parts of the lesson. For example, during the Practical Life lesson on the use of locks and keys, the guide would insert a key into a lock; turn it, and pause after an audible click is heard to highlight that moment’s significance to the process before opening the lock. This method directs the child’s attention to where it needs to be while leaving the joy of discovery and deeper understanding to be revealed during her own exploration. At any time following a lesson, children can independently choose to work with the material. They continue to use the materials for as long as they need to master it, employing the three-hour, uninterrupted work periods to deeply engage in their work. Children pass through sensitive periods where they are highly receptive to specific materials. Guides look for signals that indicate that a child is entering one of these phases and will provide specific lessons that keep him engaged in areas that hold the greatest interest and learning potential. As a result, children gather not only knowledge and skills, but a lifelong love of learning.
Montessori materials are designed to provide the feedback required for children to determine, for themselves, whether they have learned a lesson successfully. The guide never corrects the children, but carefully observes their progress. In cases where children seem to struggle with specific materials, the guide will either present the lesson once again or suggest that the child work with a classmate with a firm understanding of the activity. These core practices at Montessori Bali build community, inspire confident independence and deeply embed understanding. Rather than testing and grading students, Montessori employs a multistage delivery and confirmation system called the Three-Period-Lesson that introduces new concepts, prompts for recognition and questions to confirm authentic evidence of learning.
As children advance into the primary levels and their imaginations grow, the use of tactile material is augmented with lessons that are woven into stories and science experiments that illustrate lesson principles. Rather than studying all subjects simultaneously, students focus on single subjects for weeks at a time to deeply embed and integrate new material.