"It follows that the child can only develop fully by means of experience on his environment" (Maria Montessori)
The first six years of life of a child is a tremendous physical and psychological growth and development.
The first three years are the years that lay the foundation for later learning. Like a sponge, toddlers learn easily by absorbing anything around them unconsciously through their senses, which Maria Montessori referred as the “absorbent mind”. Yet, we almost always ignore this potential development until children pass the toddler age.
Toddlers are keen to explore everything that they encounter. In our multi-age classroom, the process of learning comes naturally in respect of the child's individual characteristics. We provide an environment that supports the child for sensorial exploration by providing a range of materials to work with, from easy to difficult, allowing each child to progress at their own pace and sensitive periods.
From greeting to putting on own’s shoes, Bambini Montessori School prepares activities to exercise and develop their motor skills coordination, sensory activities, concentration, cognitive, and language, which incorporate into simple daily tasks activities. By allowing the young and toddlers to explore and do self-initiated activities, they are learning to be independent and self confident. This is a road-map for shaping their personality, character and their social world.
An open access to outside classroom facilitates their movements and coordination. Our outdoor and indoor activities areas are regularly checked to ensure that it is safe and suitable, meeting the criteria for Montessori environment.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
Preschool children normally want to "do what the big kids do", and so, look up the kindergarten students as their role models.
Unlike the first three years, preschool children start to understand and learn things conciously. They develop their cognitive, social, emotional, motor and perceptual skills throughout the curriculum areas. The Life skills that they encounter everyday within their classroom community help the children to become independent and socialized at the same time. Early literacy and numeracy start to be introduced according to their readiness and sensitive periods.
Moving forward, the kindergarten-age children continue to develop and learn through self-directed activities that promote independent thought, action and learning. The mastery over school subjects are one of the many benefits from the practicing tasks which embody the concept of every subject. Children become a competent learner, preparing them a strong foundation for the primary level.
Most important, children develop the social skills and moral awareness, resulting in a strong personality. They take account the consequences of one’s action, shaping them to be a logical thinker.
Bambini Montessori School offers multi-age classrooms with a range of schedules for you to see the results on your child.
Considering the common challenge faced by working parents in Jogjakarta and the need to pay proper attention to child development during the sensitive stage (ages 1-6), Bambini operates a daycare program. This will be based on the Montessori learning method and environment, and so will be like whole-day school. A child's environment is one of the main factors for development during the 1-6 stage and building the child's future. With this in mind, we create a classroom environment as close as possible to a home environment so your child will feel comfortable and at ease. We also offer a range of services so your child enjoys and benefits from his or her time with us while you are busy at work or with other activities.
Practical Life Activities
Culture and Science
Music, Art and Creativity
We introduce the children with activities that allow them to be fed in their natural curiousity. The materials will do as opportunities to expand their abilities to focus and think such as identifying objects, matching, sorting, tracking a moving object and developing size and shape, that later progress according to the child’s development and abilities.
Even for the youngest, we will invite them to get and return the material to its place. So the pattern of doing the same way will be carried on while they are still in unconcious absorbent. This lays the foundation of the logical thought of ordering for an accomplishment.
Babies and toddlers are in the rapid development of their motor skills. As they are, they can access the open space room where the needs for movement for their physical growth are facilitated. Movement and coordination are also exercised through music and movement, art activities, and many other activities suitable at their age. By allowing children to explore and do self-initiated activities, independence and self confidence develop.
They are simple activities that adults perform daily. The activities relate to the physical and social development, which stress more on the process rather than the end-result.
The aims are primarily to develop independence, self-discipline, concentration, and motor skills coordination along with other aspects of development such as the language and intelligence. Independence and self-discipline do not come automatically but must be learned to set a pattern of good work habits and a sense of responsibility. We allow the child to experience success at early age to build up a positive self-image which leads the child to take the next task with confidence.
Social aspect is highly respected in Montessori environment. The learning of a younger from the bigger, and the model of the bigger towards the younger are the beautiful seeing environment in the Montessori classroom in any tasks.This gives them the opportunity how to care for themselves, between the young and the old ones within their small community, the same way as family consists of differing ages. Thus, the awarenes of being sociable has sparked even to the little ones.
The child gathers impressions of his outer world by means of his senses. The organs he uses for this purpose are his eyes, ears, and hands, as well as the organs of touch and smell.
Preschoolers need to have opportunities to use all their senses: the sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste, kinesthetic, stereo Gnostic, thermic, baric, and paint as it allows them to refine their senses, and form sense perceptions through experiences and exercises. By manipulating the sensorial materials children learn about their world both sensorially and culturally. It also prepares preschoolers for mastering the many skills they will need for later study of mathematics, reading, writing, science, and other disciplines.
Bambini prepares mathematics materials to stimulate the child's curiosity towards numbers. We introduce the concepts of big and small, tall and short, comparison, grading and grouping as well as the perception of dimension from concrete to abstract. As always, we use concrete materials as a start of the knowldege, and as sense perceptions as well, to understand the mathematical concept. In this way, children get a clear understanding of quantity and sequence.
In higher grade, Bambini helps children to learn arithmetic such as the operation of addition and subtraction, even multiplication and division at their level. Like other Montessori materials, the program respect the fact that a child is unique one to another, and will progress through his/her own way. The exercise is prepared from easy to difficult to ease the child’s abilities of learning and practicing, while at the same time, not eliminating their enthusiasm for exploration and repetition of the subject being learned.
Toddlers between 21 to 24 months are in a period where they explode into language. Therefore, the toddlers classroom is a very rich environment for developing the language competence through conversations, rhymes, poetry, stories, language cards, word games, and many others, which assist the growth of literacy.
In Montessori, the ability to write comes before reading. Children learn to write from the simple arm movements and coordination exercises before moving to the handwriting skills. Many of the Practical Life activities serve for this purpose. They learn to read by recognizing the phonetic sounds. Bambini prepares children from building words to creative writing.
Aimed to bring in interesting “nature” to children, we introduce cultural study in this early ages including: Geography, Botany, Zoology, History and Science. As the member of the world, it is important that children learn about their world and how to care for.
We introduce the basic knowledge like element of air, land and water and the features of those physical elements in Geography. Through History they examine their own time line within the bound of time. To invite their loving towards living things around, children learn about plants and animals through Botany and Zoology. In Science, they do experiments, focussing on the “why” in relation to the study of geography, botany, zoology and history. We encourage the children to clarify the question, examine the evidence, to finally draw a conclusion.
Presentation of real materials, as well as outings, will keep children in touch with nature directly, while at the same time nurturing their curiosity towards the environment and its culture.
Infant brains are sensitive and responsive towards musical sounds. Studies indicate that exposure to music-listening, learning and playing music do have beneficial effects for preschoolers to release their stress and having creative self-expression. Games and listening activities will take parts as well. Some studying of pitch, rhythm, movement and also silent games are taught here.
In art, Montessori does not limit the child’s capacity to explore his or her art abilities. All classes in Bambini Montessori School set up with art corner that allows children to do art and exploration as they wish. We also provide special class to those interested to do more in music and movement as well as art, like painting, drawing, singing dan dancing, etc.
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