Pascal Montessori uses a complete Montessori program covering all five areas of activities, Language, Sensorial, Math, Practical Life and Cultural. Our classroom adopts the Montessori approach, we adopt vertical class system where children are placed in three-year age group in one classroom forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. To enrich children’s experience in learning, a thematic approach is embedded to our program to escalate children’s awareness with recent phenomena around the world.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that education must be given since birth. In the Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori wrote, "The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six". Children has different learning capacity from an adult and this unique early learning capacity called ‘absorbent mind’ has two phases. The first phase begins from birth to three years (unconscious mind) and the second phase is from three to six years (subconscious mind). Also, Dr. Montessori had an observation about the importance of the sensitive periods for early learning. These are periods of intense fascination for learning a particular skill, such as going up and down steps, outting things in order,counting or reading. it is easier fora child to learn a particular skill during the corresponding sensitive period than any other time in his life. Pascal Montessori fully understands the needs of the children who is going through these phases. We provide the 0-3 environment, 3-6 environment, 6-9 environment (Lower Elementary) and 9-12 (Upper Elementary). Both environment are designed in our school and our classrooms to fulfill the needs of these absorbent mind phases of the children. Montessori classroom allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by her own choice rather than being forced; and second by helping her to perfect all her natural tools for learning, so that their ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations.
0-3 : The montessori classrom environment designed for the children to experience the activities to develop their cognitive, motor skill, language ability, mathematical mind and their ability to care for themselves. The materials are well prepared by the director and the directress. Through exploring these materials and activities, the children subconsciously absorbs all the benefits lay behind the purpose of these activities. The activities in this phase are dominated by gross-motor skills activities. They are needed for the children to strengthen their muscles and their body.
3-6 : The environment in this class is designed to develop the children’s cognitive skill, motor skill, language skill, and mathematical mind. The areas are set to help the child develop their life skills. The three to six year old children interact with the environment consciously and intentionally. Therefore the director and the directress have big roles to prepare the environment. This prepared environment brings the world to the child. Globes, maps, songs, land forms, collections of pictures of life in different cultures, and much more are displayed, with the aim to help the children to grow as an individual who respects each other and also the environment.
At the age between 6-12 years old, children experience greater capacity of mental growth besides, their own physical growth. The Montessori elementary curriculum is designed to accomodate the children's sensitive period in their second plane of development by providing a wide range of opportunities to explore their culture through the study of history, arithmetic, language arts, sciences and geography.
6-9 ( Lower Elementary) curriculum is designed to follow the children natural enthusiasm for learning, whereas at the beginning of the school year they will be exposed to Five Great Lessons: Coming of The Universe and The Earth, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Being, The Story of Numbers and The History of Man.
9-12 (Upper Elementary) curriculum deep dive into the earlier curriculum by supplying each child with journals and more research to record his daily work. These tasks are based on the freedom of learning yet serve as organizational tools for self-independence.
Children in Pascal Montessori have their days filled with fun learning activities. Their regular days include Montessori learning, playtime and healthy snack time.
There are four field trips in one academic year. Field trips are conducted once every term to places where children are taken out of the comfort zone of their school and still have a day of learning and fun. This activity broaden their minds and knowledge and help build their confidence.
There are four main performances in one school year.