Frequently Asked Questions
What programmes does Montessori School Bali offer?
Our programmes range for children from 6 weeks of age up to 15 years of age. Please visit our Programmes page for further information on each of our programmes.
What is Montessori education?
Dr. Maria Montessori developed a system that nurtures and develops children’s natural desire to learn. The Montessori approach concentrates on the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development of the child. We look at the child as a whole and work to help them develop to their greatest potential by giving them the tools and strategies they need to make the most of each stage of development. Read more about Montessori education here.
How do I request a visit to the school?
Please submit an enquiry with all of your details here and mention that you’d like to come and visit the school and we will happily give you a tour around our beautiful campus.
How many students are typically in a Montessori class?
Montessori classes at the Preschool and Primary level might include 20 – 30 students whose ages span 3 years. Older students are proud to act as role models and the younger ones feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Classes for adolescents, infants and toddlers are smaller, with typically 10 – 15 children.
Do children have difficulty transitioning to a non-Montessori school after going to a Montessori school?
Moving from a Montessori school to another school setting is an issue often raised by parents and family members. The habits and skills a child develops in a Montessori class last a lifetime and stand a child in good stead no matter where they go. Montessori children tend to be adaptable, working well alone or with a group. They have solid decision-making skills, practical problem-solving abilities, and generally manage their time well. Since children in a Montessori classroom are also encouraged to share ideas and discuss their work, fitting into new situations is made easier thanks to good communication skills.
What is the advantage of having a three-year age span in the classroom?
Children have a wide range of experiences, skills, abilities, and interests. A three-year age span in the classroom allows children the opportunity to use a wide range of engaging materials that keep them challenged to learn. As the child’s interests change, the range of available materials allows the child to move from one level of complexity to another. Additionally, children have the opportunity to be learners and teachers simultaneously. This allows a child to experience the joy of providing leadership to those who are younger and the satisfaction of receiving assistance from those who are older or more skilled. It is a win-win for all the children in a Montessori classroom.
Do Montessori schools assign homework?
Homework may be required from time to time, but Montessori students are typically given the time in class to explore and practice the skills and concepts they learn. Therefore, the child may voluntarily choose to continue his or her “work” at home and parents are encouraged to continue with the idea of following the child’s lead at home.
Do Montessori students take standardised tests?
At Montessori School Bali, assessment is an ongoing continuous process that manifests in several ways.
Teacher Observations: Dr. Maria Montessori knew that observation was key to being able to serve the child. Our teachers are meticulous in observing each child’s behaviour and keeping detailed assessments of each student’s progress. The information gleaned from these observations guide the teacher in preparing and presenting lessons, knowing when to move to the next concept in the sequence or when a child needs additional reinforcement on a current concept. Depending on the age of the child, teachers guide the students in self-assessment through regularly scheduled teacher/student conferences, use of work portfolios and projects which culminate in presentations and dioramas.
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Conferences are held twice a year, preceded by comprehensive written progress reports. Conferences are an opportunity for mutual sharing between the parents and the guides, with the guides providing parents with detailed information about their child’s progress in all developmental areas.
Have Any Other Questions?
These are the common question we receive. If there is anything else you would like to know about, feel free to contact us directly.