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

 

 

Our First Harvest

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.

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