Last week we had the honor of welcoming again a group of high school students from the Emerson Waldorf School, located in North Carolina. A group of 12 students came accompanied by three group leaders and volunteered all week, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with the whole community of Escuela Caracol.
In addition to teaching daily workshops on arts and movement, the students from Emerson donated once again many useful materials so that our students can continue with the dynamic practices that began during this visit. To the delight of all at Escuela Caracol the Emerson students also built a wall in the grades 5 and 6 classroom, painted a kindergarten classroom and improved the kindergarten playground. The children were so surprised and happy when they saw that they had swings and trunks where they can play balancing games!
On their last day they offered a small show for our parents and extended educational community to share the results of their visit. Kim, the teacher who accompanied this great group, explained in perfect Spanish all the advantages that these activities offer the children and the reasons why these activities are part of the Waldorf pedagogy. Valuable lessons such as overcoming fear through facing it, how knowledge and coordination are acquired through games, and most importantly that we all carry within us everything we need to successfully develop our gifts and natural abilities.
After the show celebrated our monthly market in the palapa. In addition to a large participation of families and visitors, our friends Balam Ajpu, who just released his album dedicated to the 20 nawales. Dr. Nativo and MChe Free played their songs and rejoiced to all attendeeswith their mayan hip-hop. It was the culmination of a magical week for everyone just before holiday.
The visit of these beautiful group of students is a blessing for us. They are the representation of the true potential that every human being harbors within himself/herself and that Waldorf education encourages them creatively by promoting their full development. Students, through this rewarding week, learned that they carry a gem inside of them and our educational community will do everything possible to make it shine. Thank you very, very much to each and everyone for your visit, we are immensely grateful for your efforts and dedication. See you next year!