International Dimension School Award

22 March 21

Dear Parents

It is a matter of great honour that our school has been selected for the International Dimension School Award for the period  2020-2023.

 The Montessori method we follow in our school is based on the principle that learning is simply being awake to the world, the absorbent mind is constantly acquiring impressions. The environmental experiences shape the child’s cognitive development. According to Dr Montessori cognitive functioning is an active principle, spontaneous action on the environment being the touchstone of its development. The goal of education is personal autonomy and the emergence of modern humanistic psychology of the person. The international dimension in schools is integral to transform our institutions into temples of transformation. It is through our work together that a new consensus with a new vision can percolate our society and world.

A brief account of our IDS journey and its impact on our students learning.

Mongrace Montessori House’s International  Dimension.

The Mongrace Montessori curriculum lays emphasis on interconnectedness of humanity and nature.  Cosmic education is the belief that children should understand they are a part of a greater universe. We believe belongingness with the global community builds core values that directly creates a positive and confident aura in children. The ISA projects created an excitement to explore the natural environment. Children were encouraged to immerse themselves in real-world challenges, collaboratively address them, come up with solutions and in the process trigger concept mastery.

The journey of integrating ISA into the Montessori  curriculum was directed Aunty Sumona , she was assisted by Parto Sir  our creative head and Aunty Joyeeta.

Working on the ISA projects assisted teachers and students build a holistic perspective with experiential learning . Trees  was a topic addressed by Aunty Nilanjana, Aunty Sunita, Aunty Sushmita . Trees in our environment , their role in the Eco system, trees around the world ,was a captivating journey for both teachers and students. Children visited the Botanical gardens, trekked around our school garden, taking in sensorial impressions of the trees and leaves, when they returned to the classroom to record their observations, the scientific approach was reflected in their work. It was enchanting to watch how they identified the names of trees, the names of the shapes of the crown connecting them to Geometry.

Flowers brought untold beauty and joy to our classrooms. Flower arrangements, garland making, learning about pollination. Aunty Puja Aunty Arpita, Aunty Poorvi guided children to make scrap books with pressed and dried flowers. Fragrant flowers of beautiful colors filled the classrooms as children came in with flowers in their hands. Coming close to floral beauty helped them to spontaneously reveal their strengths, absorbing sensory stimuli.

Insects are our friends was presented beautifully by Aunty Trina, Aunty Rakhi. Children wandered in the garden observing these tiny creatures walking around the garden. With videos, pictures and worksheets names, characteristics, habits were mapped by our children. It was splendid to see them  turn into observant naturalists with  probing eyes .Children  began to understand  their place in the universe as they connected with nature learning to protect and care for small creatures

The activities designed by our teachers helped provide a context for practical application of academics. Through sensory activities with sand, water, shells and imaginative stories, discoveries were made of the continents, oceans and rivers, they were able to find the differences and identify the similarities in their physical world with Aunty Seema ,Aunty Aparna  and Aunty Baishaki.  The topic Transport was enjoyable as children connected with their real world experiences and people: the traffic policeman. Aunty Raheel kept the lessons  captivating.

The topic Fun with games was greeted with great delight as parents joined in to play cricket, football. Physical exercise swung into a new pace both on and off the field. Aunty Hameeda and Aunty Sadaf ensuring the rules of the game were followed.

But all our work changed with the pandemic.  From March remote learning took centre stage.

Parents joined  into the teaching learning pool  and we continued .

The Coronavirus   brought the world to view a health crisis as a part of a wider ecological crisis. The primary requirement for human survival is a shift towards “Green growth”. Dr. Montessori said “Children must be taught to live in harmony with the world”.

 The international dimension in school curriculum is way to change our institutions to temples of transformation, a new consensus with a new vision.

Rain and rivers

Flowers in my garden.

Oceans and Continents.

Warm Regards

Sanjana Vakharia

I Short Street

Kolkata700016

"Mongrace Montessori House was established in 1964"