MAPLE BEAR MARÍLIA We care. We share. We learn.
At Maple Bear, students become real bilingual, able to navigate, comfortably and naturally, in environments where both English and Portuguese are used. In the early years of the early childhood education, students experience total immersion in the English language. From the Intermediate Kindergarten, the last year of Early Childhood Education, students also receive stimuli in Portuguese, and literacy happens in both languages simultaneously. They are encouraged to share information, compare ideas, interpret languages, develop critical thinking and investigate the alphabetic writing system in both languages. In elementary school, half of the class are offered in Portuguese and half in English.
Learning in English means learning, differentiating and respecting countless cultures. Real bilingual children are exposed to more than one culture, which expands the possibilities of interpreting the world, enhances critical thinking and global vision. At Maple Bear Marília we celebrate commemorative dates from Brazil, Canada and other contries.
When we think, we use language. A child’s oral ability is highly related to the number of words the child can produce and a bilingual child uses, on average, more than twice as many words as a monolingual child of the same age. Learning to speak, read and write in two languages is faster, more enjoyable, and more importantly, it generates a growing sense of self-esteem and identity.
Bilingual students have the necessary skills to live, study, work and be happy anywhere in the world. Thus, increased academic and professional opportunities in Brazil and abroad. In addition, they are able to learn other languages easily.
Numerous studies have confirmed that being bilingual really makes a person smarter, as it has a profound effect on the brain, improving cognitive functions such as concentration, planning, problem solving and improving memory.
There is a consensus in the sciences that the bilingual brain is stronger, as it makes more connections and exercises more during the greater growth of the organ and reduces neuronal pruning. As an example, the likelihood of degenerative diseases – like Alzheimer’s – affecting bilingual people is significantly less than in monolingual people.
Bilingual children learn to read faster and better compared to monolingual children. The strategies used to decipher the codes of one language help discoveries in the other language. Furthermore, in the past, there were concerns that teaching two languages at the same time could confuse a child, fortunately, research indicates just the opposite.
More than 80% of the world’s literature available in Basic Education is in English. Using English means giving the student access to all this content. It is to value national literature, which will also be used in the program in Portuguese, but to recognize that very high quality literature from countries such as the United States, England, Australia and, of course, mainly from Canada, must be present in the training of our students.
There is consensus that one of the most important skills of the 21st century is communication. Therefore, knowing English is fundamental and necessary to communicate with the world and being really fluent in the language is a differential.
Bilingualism is more than mastering a second language: it means learning to think in two languages. At Maple Bear our student learns in an immersive English environment, developing autonomy and confidence, becoming independent from hands-on experiences. Active and enjoyable activities where students are protagonists of their knowledge.
Canadian educators with at least 30 years of experience in Canada visit our school every six months for at least 5 weeks. The objective is to ensure the application of the best practices of the Canadian bilingual education program. In addition to training at school, our Dream Team does training in São Paulo, in the most diverse subjects, in the months of January and July. Passion for learning.
The Maple Bear program favors communication, creativity, critical thinking, autonomy, problem solving and decision making, applying these concepts to all disciplines and areas of knowledge, such as language, mathematics, science, digital literacy, music and arts. As part of this concept, the classrooms at Maple Bear are large, stimulating and welcoming, full of manipulative materials and learning centers.
Realizamos semestralmente o Quality Assurance com a visita de experientes educadores canadenses na nossa escola. O objetivo é assegurar os mais elevados padrões de segurança, organização e gerenciamento, gestão de pessoas, implementação do programa, verificações de desenvolvimento e comunicação com as famílias. Nosso Dream Team faz um relatório detalhado, com plano de ação e prazos, visando entregar a melhor educação possível para nossos “little bears” e o aprimoramento constante.
Since its foundation in 1867, Canada has been constituted as a nation based on respect for differences and with recognition for both languages: French and English. But it was in the late 1960s that Canada, through the Languages Act, one of the pillars of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s government and the work of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, established bilingualism as crucial and determinant for inclusion and respect for the rights of all citizens of the country. This movement marked the beginning of a long history of research and dedication to the development of a truly bilingual educational system, capable of developing citizens not only fluent in a second language, but also possessing the culture of two native languages.