Spanish Immersion Program Creating a Sustainable Business

Today at a Glance in our Spanish Immersion Program…

Imagine having the opportunity to create a business at age 8? Well, these children are jumping in hands first into it all! They are challenged to be critical thinkers, collaborative team members and hard workers as they bring to life their mission, plan, produce and now logo for their organic garden “Viva Verde.”

During the last few months, the kids have been getting their hands dirty in the garden germinating, caring for and harvesting their own produce. But in the meantime, they have been busy at the drawing board sketching out their ideas in branding their business and developing products to sell to meet their end of the year goal to be a sustainable business.

Today, they came to class eager to meet with a local graphic designer, Kate Robinson from Point Pacific Design, to help execute their ideas for their own logo. Together, they compiled each others’ creativity into one brilliant design and they can not wait to share it!

What’s Ahead…

Now that they have their business name and logo they will continue to tend to the garden and develop healthy products to sell to the community. These include herbal infused waters and “green” tea bags. Tomorrow, in math my accountants will calculate this month’s earnings and spendings and make goals for the upcoming month in Excel.

At Home School Nosara, students continue to grow and blossom applying real world learning and eco-based projects. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in joining our family of learners at homeschoolbeachcr@gmail.com.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

― Benjamin Franklin

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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!