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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Infusing Fresh Ideas

Now that the garden is beginning to produce delicious and healthy greens, the students of Home School Nosara are working hard in developing their business in our Spanish Program. Together they are putting their creative minds in action and experimented with their first herbal infused water recipes. They began with sampling the taste, texture and smell of our Vive Verde Garden’s different herbs and playing with their own recipes. After setting them out in Costa Rica’s natural energy source to blend the flavors they had a blast test tasting each other’s concoctions in class. Suggestions were shared in evaluating the first trial and the kids are excited to bottle their first refreshing blend of ideas and herbs.

Upcoming Projects…

This week they will research the health benefits of the different herbs to invite the interest of future customers along with the help of a local graphic artist, who will be coming in to help the kids develop their final logo crafted from their sketches. And in the meantime, students will continue to produce new ideas for our business venture to sell in our community to maintain and grow our sustainable and organic garden.

– “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

 

 

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!

 

 

Planting Their Roots & Sprouting New Ideas

Planting Their Roots…

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.

Ideas are popping up all around!