We don’t need to leave the classroom to travel.

We don’t need to leave the classroom to travel.

Our sixth-grade students are currently studying geography. They have been traveling through South America with the guidance of Diego, their teacher, he has taken them to know the traditions, political organization, geography, touristic spots and landmarks, nature, among other quite important information. The lesson begins when Diego, aided with the blackboard and chalk illustrations, tells the students general information about the country being studied on that specific date. They continue by copying all the elements presented on the blackboard into their notebooks, these will become their guide-books to study and review what has been studied in the classroom. After finishing copying, a discussion on the subject happens, at this time, the students have the chance to tell their own experiences or thoughts regarding the subject studied. It could be resumed like this: first they get the input on a new subject by listening to their teacher and watching the blackboard arts, second: they copy the illustrations and texts made by the teacher on the blackboard, third: they discuss the subject and make the new information acquired part of their own living experience. This is how teachers get students to really learn and comprehend their classroom subjects, keeping the students interested and eager to learn...
Sharing chocolate and bread as a great family.

Sharing chocolate and bread as a great family.

The relation between everyone here at Escuela Caracol surpasses the cordiality, it reaches a deeper ground where it can be called family. On the last day before the “Holy Week”, our caracolitos celebrated the local tradition of sharing chocolate, bread and honey. The students from sixth grade visited the first graders; the fifth graders visited teacher Sandra’s kindergarten group; the fourth grade caracolitos shared with the third graders; and, teacher Maribel’s kindergarten group visited the second grade classroom. Our students shared stories, songs, games, bread and the delicious chocolate our dear Teresa prepared for all of us. Taking advantage of its intercultural characteristics, Escuela Caracol promotes the cultural exchange between students.  We are much more than a group of people sharing a common interest, we are a family building...
Pizza & fractions

Pizza & fractions

One of the most ussual comments among children attending school is about how difficult or boring maths can be. Surprise! That’s not the case at all at Escuela Caracol. Continue reading and you’ll see why we can assure this. Our fourth graders are a group of wild kids, they all love running, climbing on trees, treasure hunting on the garden, we’ll, you can complete the image. They are anything but quiet, silent, boring children. This grade is currently studying Fractions on their math block. You may ask, how could a teacher keep a group like that interested in such a difficult subject? Easy, by making and doing while learning.  As one of their final exercises they cooked two pizzas with the main goal of learning fractions while having a good time. They didn’t even notice the moment where they learned to make the toughest operations for someone their age. As they where mixing the ingredients, slicing the red peppers, or cutting the pizza slizes they where in fact learning math, this was explained during and after the activities by teacher Nacho. On this activities they have the chance of learning more than just a subject, they can develop will, concentration, social skills, cooking, math; and the best part of it is that they have great times that keeps them interested on the subjects and happy to return to school the day...
Do you know the numbers?

Do you know the numbers?

Our lovely first graders are learning so much while studying their math block, number by number, comprehending the meaning of each and not only memorizing the names and the shapes. We are so proud of them! Do you know the numbers? you may ask, the answer is simple, yes I do!Can you write the numbers? you may ask, the answer is quite simple, of course, I can! Following the teacher’s directions, copying the traces made on the blackboard we learn and exercise the way to express quantities and numbers. The number one, made of two straight traces; The number two, of one straight and one curved line;Number three comes out of two small arches that look like twin rainbows standing up. Do you know the numbers? you may ask, the answer is simple, yes I do!Can you write the numbers? you may ask, the answer is quite simple, of course, I can! Number four, made of three straight lines, the one standing is really tall, and the other two are: one inclined to the left and one horizontal;The five is more complicated, two straight lines, one vertical and one horizontal, accompanied by a half-circle on the base;The six is the funniest one, it looks like a spiral, just like the one on the shell of a snail. Do you know the numbers? you may ask, the answer is simple, yes I can!Can you write the numbers? you may ask, the answer is quite simple, of course, I can! The seven looks a lot like the number one, but it means six figures grater, if you draw the number one...
Kindergarten’s first adventure outside the school

Kindergarten’s first adventure outside the school

As a part of the children formation, our kindergarten students take weekly walks on the school gardens. These walks are really useful when developing social skills, will, physical abilities, observation capabilities, among many others. Along with some of the student’s mothers, our kindergarten students had their year’s first walk outside the school. Teacher Sandra’s group visited the home of two of our beloved caracolitos, Bjorn and Bertril, they all had an amazing picnic and playtime at the gardens of the Pineda family’s house. Teacher Maribel’s group went on a walk on the mountain’s forest behind the school, they had the chance to observe lots of beautiful plants and animals they found on their way. They all had incredible times that can be reflected on the way the happily apply what they experienced to their playtime activities. We continue giving our best effort to give our children the tools to become integral human beings by nurturing their heads, hearts, and hands. Photos by teacher Sandra...