Our Programme

Montessori Philosophy and Method

One of the pillars of the Montessori approach is the prepared environment. Each classroom is equipped with materials that first introduce the children to the world through their senses and later lead to reading, writing, advanced mathematics, problem solving, geography, science and cultural studies. Visual arts, music and movement are interwoven throughout the days’ activities. Nearly everything in a Montessori classroom is child-sized. All of the materials are designed to be self-didactic.

Curriculum

We implement the official Canton Sarajevo curriculum from pre-school until the end of primary school. However, we are authorised to teach in English and to use the Montessori philosophy and method. Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian is taught as a dual first language for native speakers. Specialist subject teaching is introduced in primary school from the grade 6 upward. The school also runs the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme alongside the official cantonal curriculum in grades 7, 8 and 9.

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Multilingual Approach

All children are taught in at least two languages, starting in the preschool community. Longstanding research has established that children can easily absorb more than one language spoken to them regularly, and are most competent to do so in early years. The acquisition of additional languages enhances their cognitive competences with a lifelong effect. Exposure to more than one language is achieved through lessons taught in English, the local languages, French and German.

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Arts

Arts education includes the visual and performing arts. Visual arts involve creation of art objects, such as paintings, sculptures and crafts. In performing arts children will learn to sing, dance, act, imagine a story, write a script, design costumes, create scenography and much more. Children explore their creativity under the supervision of enthusiastic, loving, experienced and highly qualified professionals, who through carefully constructed programmes for every age group, encourage and advance the development of new skills and knowledge.

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Spiritual Empowerment

As part of the holistic approach to a child's development, we encourage the spiritual development of each child. Rather than preaching or rote-learning a series of dogmas, we expose children to a wide range of religious expression, always paying careful attention to what unites us all rather than what could divide.

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Health

Children are spontaneous observers of nature and, all over the world, there is a movement to re-connect children with nature. Indeed, a growing body of research demonstrates the benefits of spending time in nature on a regular basis for the child's brain, body and spirit. Being outdoors gives children many opportunities for natural movement which has very much disappeared from modern children's sedentary lives. Movement is fundamental for a health body but it is also crucial for the development of the brain.

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