Bilingual learning goes far beyond mastering a second language. As reported by some of the most reputable studies in developmental psychology and neuroscience, acquiring such skills at an early age helps expand cognitive capacity and develop attention and memory.
That happens regarding a child’s first language. When educational investment expands to bilingual learning, the main goal is to enhance that window of opportunity for intellectual growth.
Pueri Domus’s bilingual program teaches by stimulating reasoning in a second language, not just teaching a new language. Therefore, knowledge related to logical reasoning, scientific information and historical awareness, among other areas, is also acquired through reasoning in English. That is the main difference compared to traditional second language learning.
"Pueri Domus’s curriculum proposal goes far beyond adding an extra subject to the program. It means rescaling the learning process of our students!”
The distinctive bilingual education offered at Pueri Domus expands students’ opportunities to take part in international academic programs. One of them is the IB* (International Baccalaureate), based on the best educational practices worldwide and recognized by universities in 139 countries.
The emphasis Pueri Domus gives to bilingual education aims to expand students’ intellectual knowledge and enhance their autonomy within the global context in which they are inserted, without neglecting the set of skills and abilities required by the Brazilian curriculum.
Thanks to this learning our students have won medals at Brazilian competitions such as Mathematics, Robotics and Biology Olympics and in simulations of international forums like Forum FAAP, as well as enjoying opportunities to enter the best national and international universities.
“The emphasis Pueri Domus gives to bilingual education aims to expand students’ intellectual knowledge”
Escola Bilíngue Pueri Domus – Aclimação Campus is a candidate school* for authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and thus become an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**IB Mission Statement. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Another important principle of the education experienced by Pueri Domus students is the concept of integral education, which aims at their global development. To this end, the classroom is not the sole place of learning. Other settings are remodeled to turn the entire school into a learning environment.
Integrating subjects across the curriculum also helps students apply concepts, fostering education from a practical approach, the so-called Hands-on Learning!
An evolution in promoting this educational principle is Pueri Maker, an environment equipped with workbenches, tools, 3D printer and other resources to design projects. The idea is to enhance it over time with the students’ own suggestions, since here there are no restrictions to creativity and entrepreneurship.
It is the students themselves who, drawing on their creativity and the investigative capacity of their own knowledge, will determine the material resources necessary to materialize their projects.
"Integrating subjects across the curriculum also helps students apply concepts, fostering education from a practical approach”
Nowadays, the development of cognitive skills alone cannot ensure the efficiency of a learning project. Interaction between the development of such skills and the development of ethical values and social-emotional skills is increasingly indispensable. This is so relevant that the Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) plans to assess students’ social-emotional performance already in 2021.
Such elements have always been part of the education provided by Pueri Domus. With our new curriculum, however, the development of these skills benefits from even greater excellence and attention.
Based on the best models and practices in this area, we have developed the Core Program, a curriculum proposal starting in the earliest years of Preschool. Its goals include fostering students’ self-knowledge and personal maturity, stimulating initiative and creativity, encouraging leadership attitudes and developing citizenship.
All of these core concepts are addressed in a transdisciplinary approach, examined from the viewpoints of SELF (how I express myself and manifest my attitudes); SELF and OTHERS (considering aspects of social interaction); and SELF and the WORLD (expanding students’ commitment to the society in which they live).
“Its goals include fostering students’ self-knowledge and personal maturity, stimulating initiative and creativity, encouraging leadership attitudes and developing citizenship”
At Pueri Domus, technology is one of the essential pillars of forward-looking education. No wonder we have been certified as an Apple Distinguished School, awarded by Apple to schools acknowledged as benchmarks in the use of technological resources to further education.
We therefore provide an environment in which students not only acquire “digital fluency” (the ability to use technology as a language, fully mastering the use of its resources), but also foster the use of new digital technologies as a means to enhance their learning and scope of knowledge. We encourage them go a step further, creating their own coding to enable the most diverse kinds of experiments in the digital world.
The Coding program enters the curriculum at Pueri Domus in Year 2 of Elementary and follows through to Year 9 of Middle School, being yet another tool to prepare our students for this new reality. Meanwhile, the successful development of this skill will stimulate other desirable skills, such as cooperative work, greater autonomy, critical thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.
These are traits highly appreciated in the current labor market, both in Brazil and abroad, regardless of the professional field of preference. Being prepared means having control over your future possibilities.
“Meanwhile, the successful development of this skill will stimulate other desirable skills, such as cooperative work, greater autonomy, critical thinking and entrepreneurial spirit”