Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
Mentari Preschool Jakarta provides a great and nurturing environment that enables our young children to develop a love for learning while fostering in them essential values of respect, courtesy, honesty and kindness.
The school envisions to inspire and nurture preschoolers and kindergarteners to become high-spirited towards learning; thereby, molding them to be well-balanced, healthy, happy, and good-mannered young individuals.
The school has designed a curriculum that captures the wholistic facets of a young learner's growth and development. Realizing that the early years are the very basic foundation of education, the school aims to:
instill significant values, emphasizing on good manners, discipline and responsibility among the children;
enhance the children's fine and gross motor skills through art, music and physical education;
develop the learners' spoken and written communication skills in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin languages through involvement of various communicative learning activities;
develop the children's logical-mathematical abilities through Numeracy;
lead the learners to a basic understanding of concepts on animals, nature, people and the world through Natural Sciences and Geography;
promote awareness among the children on the fast changing global society through learning basic concepts on Computer system.
We have created an eclectic curriculum, which combines positive points of different methods and defined it as a Developmental Curriculum. The scope of learning becomes gradually wider and more informative as children progress from one class to another. It advocates on developing the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and moral aspects among the children in their formative years.
We also adapt a Thematic Approach to make school more fun and exciting for our children. Each school year, we decide on different themes like: Space, Rainforest, Seasons, Transportation, Homes, Nutrition, Nursery Rhymes and a whole lot more. Focusing on various themes each term makes learning of the kids more meaningful and enriching.
Montessori Teaching Method
The Montessori Method is primarily used by the teachers to make learning more effective among the children. This ensures that the skills of the children are developed in a wide range; learned and developed at the appropriate time.
Our Montessori environment is carefully designed to meet the children's individual learning needs. It is fully equipped with the necessary teaching materials in the five respective areas: Language, Mathematics, Culture, Sensorial and Practical Life. The children are free to work with any material they like under the guidance of their teachers.
This teaching method enables our children to learn discipline, self-control, independence and responsibility. It is a great method to establish a strong foundation of the children's academic as well as self-help skills.
Classroom Learning Centers
The learning centers created in the classroom serve as extensions of the Montessori. It offers our children a hands-on learning style, making them independent and responsible. More importantly, it teaches them about sharing and communicating with others while working in the same center. While the teacher works with small groups, some children are designated to the centers to keep them busy. This non-traditional approach of teaching is implemented into our curriculum by setting aside a few hours of working time each day in our Class Time Table.
The Brigance Screen is an American developmental assessment system. An evaluation of the children is being conducted twice a year, specifically on the Second Term (October-December) and Fourth Term (April-June). This helps us in our program planning and in determining appropriate placement of a child. The Brigance Assessment provides a reliable measure of the child's skill level and progress in different areas. Through this method, teachers are able to test the child's emotional, physical, social and mental growth as well as the development of his/her fine and gross motor skills.