Curriculum and Methods

Our curriculum conforms to Nicaragua’s national standards for initial education, as well as the “Head Start” Child Development and Early Education Framework. Our curriculum is based on Montessori principles for preschool and kindergarten, and transitions into a Waldorf based curriculum for primary school. Using the Montessori and Waldorf programs as a guide, we operate a STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to stimulate different senses and experiences. Art, dance, music, outdoor activity, gardening, computer skills, and creative play are incorporated into each level’s curriculum. Our classrooms are organized on a teacher-student interaction model that encourages students to grow and explore at their own individual pace, with the teacher acting as a facilitator and guide.

Teachers use a bilingual-bicultural approach to both take advantage of the mother tongue and develop second language skills.

 

Socially and culturally, we emphasize education for peace, and children and adults are consistently encouraged to be kind and courteous to one another. We use meditation, yoga, the peace table, and teacher guided discussion to resolve conflict and encourage self-reflection.

Montessori Educational Philosophy

Montessori’s classroom is based on freedom, organization and the use of teaching materials that implement a mixture of the real and fantasy in order to teach the student. Age groups are formed by intellectual and emotional development. In this pedagogy sometimes students work together, mixing ages to help each other. Thus, students interact a lot with the teacher and other students. All classroom materials and furniture are at the students’ size level. Practical life activities are fundamental to the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all extra areas. Practical life exercises give children to fine-tune their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, balance, concentration and ability to do things for themselves. Through the repetition of the activities of Daily Life, children practical skills that give them their whole lives.

Waldorf Educational Philosophy

The Waldorf methodology integrates art, language, movement, physical activity and explorationand other experiences into the educational model in order to cultivate a both the physical and spiritual desire for learning. Like the Montessori method, It focuses on inspiring the imagination and encouraging each student to find his or her own best path. It encourages taking intellectual risks, flexibility and creativity, and the assimilation of information as opposed to rote memorization. We encourage teachers to move lessons into the outdoors, and to work together with specialists to create integrated, project based learning that can excite and inspire students to engage early on with the world around them.