Our new year has greeted us with our first produce ready to be picked! The organic arugula (donated to us from Finca Organica), planted by seed and tended to by the children, has sprouted enough leaves to harvest. Learning from our local gardener, we were able to pluck clippings. In math, students put them into bundles by weight and calculated the income from sales if we sell them all. With the money, students will decide together where to invest the money into our garden.
Did I also mention it’s delicious! The kids needed to sample their product (of course) before selling and their taste buds spiced up to the idea of liking the arugula with their brains reasoning it with the care, time and hard work they put into growing it.
We’ve caught the holiday spirit and this month is all about giving! The students at Home School Beach Nosara have decided to donate their Viva Verde Sustainable and Organic Garden funds to buy gifts for the children who were affected by the devastating floods last month in Nosara, Costa Rica (over 1,300 children were affected and you can donate to Amigos of Costa Rica) .
They created festive hand painted holiday pots reusing plastic containers to sell their lemongrass and flor de China (both grown by the kids). And by putting their heads together during business class, they decided the best way to sell them would be at our local outdoor markets. This past Saturday and Tuesday, students utilized their business skills by communicating and selling to customers. As a result, they not only built self- confidence but relations with local community members.
When asked what she enjoyed about selling at the markets our third grader enthusiastically responded with, “I felt happy selling the items we made and talking to everyone. Everyone wanted to help support us. It was fun!”
The following day in class they put on their accounting hats and calculated the gross income along with how much money each student has to spend on for the child they have selected. They were amazed with the amount they raised and they are eager to go shopping this Friday to buy the gifts to make a child’s Christmas that much brighter.
Most students yearn for a holiday party or a Secret Santa present exchange on the last day of class before vacation, but these kids are excited to bring a smile to a child’s face through the means of their own hard work and raising the proceeds to be able to do so. And that is what the holidays are all about!
Children started the new school year hands first into their new business venture “Viva Verde” in Spanish class. They created this name to symbolize their organic garden that they have been busy getting dirty in. After planning what they want to grow this year, they have created a new composting system and soil, germinated seeds, transplanted successful seedlings and even set up their first pop up shop on site to gain proceeds from last year’s produce in order to invest in this year’s crops.
Recently inspired by their visit to Finca Organica Nosara, they not only learned how to germinate seeds from locals but they soaked in the passion, hard work and care that they saw during their tour.
Sprouting New Ideas…
As our new seedlings begin to sprout, so do their ideas. Continuing on their learning adventure, students will develop their organic garden mission, logo, cliental and approach to advertising and selling. Furthermore, they will think up and develop products to make with their harvests to sell. They are hopeful to have enough produce in the coming months to sell at our local Farmer’s Market.
Learning with Purpose…
Students are continually being challenged academically. They are accountants and business owners responsible for keeping track of profits and costs, mentally calculating costs of sales to customers and providing correct change and converting dollars into colones. Critical thinking skills are required to develop a product together that will yield profits and prioritize where to spend it.