Knitting and the learning process:

Knitting and the learning process:

Knitting is one of the most important exercises for the youngest students at any Waldorf school, It helps them exercise the laterality, develops will, focus, and gives them a space to be creative and to make something with their own hands; for the teacher, it is a useful tool to learn about the children by observing, for example, the preferred hand to make precise movements, sight sharpness, or how hard can it be for the children to focus and control distractions.     It is proven that knitting builds neuronal connections by using both brain hemispheres simultaneously; children must pay attention to instructions, fine movements, colors, interaction with peers, and daydreams at the same time. Children in Kindergarten are introduced to knitting by telling them tells or rhymes, they are not specifically explained how to do certain movements or knots, they just follow what some of the characters of the story is doing to learn how to begin creating with the colorful strings provided by teachers. Once they get to first grade, children start using needles; the complexity of weaving increases, and so does the process. Knitting is always attached to stories or contents studied in the...
Artists found in our sixth-grade classroom!

Artists found in our sixth-grade classroom!

A few days ago something particularly special happened at the sixth-grade classroom, a special aura could be sensed, creativity was flowing out of the room into the gardens of Escuela Caracol; inside, a group of amazing artists was creating.  Using sharp blades, sandpaper, and wood, our oldest group of kids was carving wood. Teacher Gloria Elena is the guide on this journey, she shows them how to use the blades, how to visualize the volumes and how to achieve what they might be imagining. This exercise is amazing at letting the children focus on a single task, exercise their imagination and realizing how much they can do and achieve. Look at the pictures and see how talented they are....
Shorthand:  Writing without the alphabet

Shorthand: Writing without the alphabet

Often, as a pedagogical resource, teachers invite experts to expose topics of great importance to the block being studied. Recently, Diego, 5th grade teacher, invited Julia, experimented secretary and shorthand expert to introduce his students to this way of writing.  Currently, they are studying dramatics, among which they are learning about script history. As a creative experiment, students created a script from scratch. They also studied hieroglyphics, glyphs, Chinese script, Hindu script (Devanagari) and Greek script. This kind of experiences helps our students develop a better view of history and to be aware of the coincidences between different civilizations and cultures....
Caracol students learn from nature.

Caracol students learn from nature.

As a regular activity, students learn from gardens by taking care of our little orchard, where they learn the complete process of growing plants. They begin by preparing the seeds and the land, then they plant the seeds, prepare the organic pesticide (made with roots and leaves from local plants,  and water), and take care of the sprouts until they grow; the process finishes when the children get new seeds from the grown plants. This whole experience teaches our students on a really fun and amusing way, respect for nature, patience, teamwork and lots about anatomy and physiology of plants as it nurtures head, heart, and hands of our children....
A new resident on the fourth-grade classroom

A new resident on the fourth-grade classroom

Her name is Freya, the students named her this way after the Nordic Goddess. She is a quiet and lovely white mouse that has taught children how to be more responsible; they take turns every week to look after her hygiene, nurturing and hydration. Freya is going to be part of their class until the end of the year when she will go back to her previous home. Children took special attention to her feeding, they say she loves chocolate cookies, bread, and tortillas. Knowing she is a rodent, they are always really careful with her having wood to chew. Initially, Freya came to Escuela Caracol to help children learn about rodents, finally, she stayed and will be back next year.  ...
2019 student registrations.

2019 student registrations.

Important information: Students re-registrations began this month, if the process is carried out during September, they will have a Caracol 2019 t-shirt as a gift. For new entries (registration of new students) registrations will begin in October. More information by calling 58831609 or at Escuela Caracol...