And this is where plants come from!

And this is where plants come from!

To know and understand the way the natural cycles work is a basic part of becoming a fully developed human being. Recently, both of our kindergarten groups shared a small frame of land with the purpose of planting seeds. The land was previously prepared by Chico, the head gardener of our school; it was with his guide, that the students learned where and how to perform this task. Planting seeds is an excellent exercise to develop some of the multiple dimensions of the students:  – It lets the children experiment interest in taking care of something they are responsible for.  – It is the first part of a cycle where the students will witness the cycle of life of a plant, meanwhile developing their will, patience, and concentration as they have to follow specific and concrete instructions. – It is an exercise that lets students get in touch with the soil, rocks, small bugs, and plants while growing their sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for nature.  During this journey,  our kindergarten students learned about natural cycles, they developed their patience and responsibility, they also exercised their motor skills and touch. How could you not love this little...
First Grade Flutes Delivery Act:

First Grade Flutes Delivery Act:

Every year something special happens in the first-grade classroom, the “flute delivery act” takes place. This is a ceremony where the music teacher delivers the flute to each of the students, setting up the path to learning how to play a melodic instrument. Everything began a few days before when the teacher told a story about a magic flute to the first-grade students, this was the preparation for the “flute delivery act”. Within the tale, the teacher described the importance of the musical instrument and the way the students should behave when playing the flute and how they should take care of it. The flute delivery represents one of the most important moments for the first-grade students for its deeper meaning: having an instrument under their responsibility means they are no longer little children and are ready now to perform much more difficult and demanding tasks. The faces of joy and illusion showed by each of them can do nothing but to enrich the will to serve and to continue nurturing heads, hearts, and hands of the children from the western region of Lake...
San Marcos la Laguna’s town parade

San Marcos la Laguna’s town parade

Every year between the end of April and the first days of May, San Marcos la Laguna celebrates the festivity of “San Marcos Evangelista”. These times are packed with tradition, music, food, fireworks, pageants, parades and an overwhelming sense of joy among the community.  Escuela Caracol is constantly looking for ways to bond and participate in activities promoted by the community, whether they are institutional or purely traditional; That’s the case with the annual Town’s parade, where our school is always invited to walk the streets of San Marcos la Laguna together with all of the local public educational institutes. We got together early in the morning at the school facilities to represent, later that day, our beloved school on the parade.  Some of our students wore their most beautiful and picturesque traditional clothing, the rest wore their colorful Escuela Caracol’s t-shirts, all of them carried their most pure and beautiful smile. Parents, students, siblings, teachers, staff, and friends walked proudly all over town. The parade concluded at the public basketball court, where the San Marco’s Mayor gave a speech accompanied by the Elderlies Council and other authorities. It’s always such a pleasant feeling to see all the members of the Caracol family sharing and having such good times together. This sort of activities lets our students share their uniqueness with the community and project Escuela Caracol’s spirit outside our facilities...
You are so cool, Wila!

You are so cool, Wila!

Every single person that has visited Escuela Caracol has something special that makes them stand out from the crowd. For some, it could be the kindness, for others, the will to give and serve, and so on. Shortening the idea, we are always blessed with beautiful people visiting the school, this makes us feel more joyful and loved than we already are. Wila is a girl that just graduated from high school and already has a really clear idea of what she wants to do with her life: change the world through education. This calling made her the ideal volunteer for our school. It was incredible how fast she adapted every way possible and how she gained a special place on the lives of everyone at Escuela Caracol. If you didn’t know her before, you could have easily thought she was already a teacher or a student graduated from a Waldorf school, but she is not, she is just a regular high school student with a great heart and a beautiful mind wide opened to the world.  The size of her heart and incredible ways to connect with the children are going to take her farther than the moon on her journey. Wila, we wish you the best an will be waiting for you on your next summer break....
Hunting Easter eggs

Hunting Easter eggs

There are special seasons that, for their pedagogical value, deserve to be celebrated. That’s the case with the Easter, a season that represents the beginning of a new cycle, how something ends and can start from scratch. On the morning of the 23d of April, all of our students got a special surprise from their teachers, they prepared, the day before, a pack of Easter eggs for their students to hunt. While everyone was at their own classrooms, our dear Enrique hid all the eggs on the garden so all the children could go straight to look for them once the lunch break came. Faces of joy and excitement filled the gardens of our school once the first eggs started showing up, the frenzy invaded trails and plant-beds while all the children revolved leaves and branches on the look for such delicious treasures. What a nice experiences for everyone at school to see children laughing and enjoying this...
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...