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Asociación Caracol – New Board members where elected.

Asociación Caracol recently had its last Regular Assembly of 2020, where new members of the board were elected. Asociación Caracol is the legal body that represents the interests of the Escuela Caracol community. It is formed by members of the community, friends of Escuela Caracol, school parents, and teachers. During the last regular assembly, three of the members of the Association’s board resigned their positions: Maria Eugenia Contreras as President, Enrique Perez as Vice President, and Martha Lynd as Alternate. Maria and Enrique served as President and VP for more than 3 years and in accordance with the Association’s statutes, they have passed the baton to other members of the assembly. Many members of the association were nominated to fill the positions. The new board members were chosen in a general election held during the assembly. The new board is constituted by: Luisa Larios – Alternate (New member) Carmen Alvarado – Secretary Colleen Donovan – Treasurer Ignacio Porón – Vice-President (New member) Diego Sacach – President. (New... read more

pen-pal friends

If you’re old school and were part of a pen-pal program, you’ll surely remember the excitement of writing a letter and sending it to someone far away, and the thrill of getting a response through the mail. Something like that is currently happening to our third-grade group, that got enrolled in a pen-pal program with the third-grade students of Luis Horacio Gomez School, in Cali, Colombia. This happened thanks to our dear Pedagogical Advisor, Gloria Elena Londoño, and to her sister and third-grade teacher of Luis Horacio Gomez School, Adriana Lucía Londoño. Just before the holidays break begun, our third graders wrote letters to a previously assigned Colombian friend. All the letters were unique and special, the children wrote about the way we live in San Marcos la Laguna, the weather, the games they play, our school environment, and many other subjects chosen by our lovely writers. Recently, Gloria Elena went to spend the holiday’s vacations in Cali, once there, she played the role of Escuela Caracol’s messenger taking these letters to our little friends. She entered the classroom dressed as a mailman, and while singing a beautiful song, she delivered the mail. We are eagerly waiting for our messenger’s return next January to read, with our Caracolitos, the responses from the Colombian third graders of Luis Horacio Gómez School.   Listen to the song, here.... read more

-To my dear students- Diego Sacach M.

To my dear students: With the heart full of nostalgia I address you, thanking your teachings, I learned so much from you! You will always be in my heart. Thank you dear students for allowing me to share with you the bread of wisdom. The road is long, and I wish that you continue taking advantage of the opportunities given by your dear parents. Finally I want to remind you that you must always have respect, honesty toward your parents and community. May the ajaw always protect you. See you soon! Diego Sacach Mendoza... read more

Martinmas -the Night of Lamps-.

In the last week of November, Escuela Caracol celebrated the Martinmas, a traditional activity held in all Waldorf schools around the world that consists of a walk with lanterns to finish with a gathering within the school’s facilities.

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2019, Escuela Caracol’s Theatre Season.

This year’s theatre season was amazing! Last November, our elementary groups had their theatre season, where each of the students had the chance to show off all their artistic talents. Singing, dancing, and acting were a delight for our community. Teachers, parents and friends got together to assist the students and watch the plays. We traveled through time together, being able to witness some funny stories about Greece, Odin and Thor, Saint Francis, Rome, and a touching Storie about how the world is the home of all of us. Have fun watching the pictures.*** ***Want to help us continue nurturing minds, hearts, and hands through Waldorf pedagogy? We have as a mission to give children from Lake Atitlán the chance to experience an alternative to the traditional way of learning, where they can feel respected and loved, so they become fully developed and aware human beings. Click on the link now. http://escuelacaracol.org/make-a-one-time-donation/... read more

Jocotes and Barriletes Festival.

The school is charged with color and laughter once again! The colorful kites dancing through the air revealing the careful work of the children. The trees, with an abundance of jocotes showing all the colors, from a strong green to a red-orange, inviting to climb along the branches. This is the reason for the joyful meeting of families, friends, and children, inviting to share happiness, smiles, and delicious recipes prepared by each of the grade families. Let’s enjoy all together! G.... read more

Waldorf workshops in Quetzaltenango

Last 18th and 19th of October, Escuela Caracol had an experience of brothership with 32 Volcanes, an Institution that is currently developing social projects in Quetzaltenango. On Friday the 18th, we shared with a group of women that were invited to participate in the Red Moon workshop, that was developed to deliver on a ritual way the gifts sheltered by the menstruation and the deep connection it has with the moon cycles. On Saturday the 19th, the journey developed by surrounding an approach to the reading-writing process and the mathematics initiation from the guidelines of Waldorf Pedagogy. Both subjects were presented by following a structure established by the Pedagogy where the student is nurtured from the feet to the head passing through the heart. G.... read more

Dreams come true.

Everything comes from the dream of providing education through Waldorf Pedagogy to children from Lake Atitlán, a dream that has grown until reaching what we know today as Escuela Caracol. From starting in a small room with only a few students, today Escuela Caracol has enough space to receive more than 90 students, whom, with lots of love and respect, we call Caracolitos. It was due to this growth that the need for more space manifested, which led us to embrace the project of building two new classrooms. Up to this date, the construction is almost finished. This construction has been possible thanks to the kind donations of friends and supporters of our school and the work of our dear architect and mother of the school, Rocío Araujo. During the construction process, we have made choices driven to have two new classrooms with the ideal conditions for our Caracolitos to be holistically nurtured and developed as human beings. These choices were strictly related to construction materials, which made our initial numbers grew in $2500. This difference in the budget won’t stop us. soon we will finish the construction and will have two new classrooms ready for our Caracolitos to fully develop under conditions of love and respect. If you are interested in helping us with this specific subject write a message to admin@escuelacaracolorg, Enrique Pérez will guide you into helping us turn this dream into a reality.... read more

Thomas Wildgruber’s annual visit.

Having Thomas visiting our school has become a tradition at Escuela Caracol. Year after year and thanks to the support of SES (Senior Experten Services), Thomas arrives with the energy and ideas ready to help our teachers to continue nurturing the mind, soul, and bodies of our students. Enjoy the video of an interview we made and the pictures from a workshop held with Escuela Caracol’s teachers.... read more

– Waldorf100 –

– 100 years of Waldorf – Waldorf Pedagogy can be seen as a learning approach with a system based on respecting the natural developmental stages of the human being, looking to develop the abilities and individual talents in an integral way, within an environment of freedom, full of love and respect. The first Waldorf School was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, as a branch of the Anthroposophical movement. At that time, right after the end of the World War I, Waldorf Pedagogy was seen as a possible way to transform the world into a more human place, with sensitive and more responsible people fully developed from their essence, and thus, a world of peace. The pedagogy grew all over the world rapidly. By 1930, there were Waldorf schools in many countries of America and Europe. With the arrival of the Nazi regime, many of the Waldorf schools in Germany and the occupied countries were shut. These, except for the ones located in countries occupied by the Soviet Union, were reopened after the end of World War II. Today, there are many Waldorf Schools all over the world, that are continuously growing in numbers as in students within their classrooms. So, this is how in 2019 we are celebrating 100 years of the Waldorf Pedagogy. A worldwide community sharing, as bees on a hive, of this marvelous way of learning and teaching. Within this wonderful event, we can proudly say: “¡Caracol está presente!” Enjoy this video made for you with deep appreciation and share it with the whole world.... read more

Visit by the students of el “El Pilar”

It’s been almost a year since our dear friend Juan Pablo Mendez came to visit Escuela Caracol for the first time. He is a well-known Guatemalan photographer and graphic artist who is also currently teaching visual arts to a group of wonderful kids from “El Pilar” school in Quetzaltenango. Since his first visit, Juan Pablo wanted to let everyone surrounding him know how special Escuela Caracol is and to return to our school’s facilities. Recently, the opportunity came and he arrived with his group of students. Everything was new for this group of visiting students, used to traditional education, and that knew nothing about Waldorf Education before this journey. They attended in pairs to each of the classrooms to observe and interact within the daily routine of the groups and received a short talk about Waldorf education, this gave them the chance to get a gplimpse of how wonderful Waldorf pedagogy is. By the end of the journey, the common word between the visits was:   I wish I had studied at Escuela Caracol!    ... read more

Mayan Ceremony for the beginning of the construction of the new classrooms

Last Monday, September the second, we held a very special ceremony celebrating the start of the construction of the new classrooms unit for our students. Every opportunity to show the appreciation we have for our community and friends is priceless. This is why today we thank all the people that, one way or another, supports Escuela Caracol. It is thanks to you that year after year we continue nurturing heads, hearts, and hands of our beloved Caracolitos and Caracolitas, it is also thanks to you that today we are starting this new project with the sole intention of offering a space full of love and respect for each of our Caracolitos and Caracolitas. Thank you, family! Matiox Ajaw!... read more

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