Pre-school Los Girasoles

Fun and stimulating classes are provided five mornings a week by a local trained teacher Yesenia for children from 3 up to 5 years of age. There are 10 children in the classroom this year of which three will pass into first grade in 2019. Four new children will enter the group in 2019. Yesenia is in her 4th year as the preschool teacher. She is also taking a bilingual teaching course for children (Quechua/Spanish) in the afternoons.

The educational methodology follows practices of the Waldorf, Montessori and like models. It focuses on developing a variety of educational skills and personal / social development. Children are taught by combining community, outdoor and classroom environments. Much attention is paid to developing independent thinking and decision making, being responsible, appropriate level of risk taking, cognitive and practical use of what they learn.

We work with children to be aware of who they are within themselves, their family and community. Having access to the library and computer area is a great benefit for literacy and comprehension. Part of the concept is to link activities with what they learn, reinforce by practical application, use art, music, science and gardening to help make connections. Communication, math (pre-math) and organized play is also part of the curriculum. Mothers are involved to foster greater understanding of the child´s development needs.

The onsite greenhouse helps with the Andean Alliance Green House Project. Each Wednesday a parent participates in the classroom with the children and teacher to prepare together a nutritional and tasty light meal using local and greenhouse ingredients.

We are fortunate to have an ample library with children’s books for use in the school. Families can borrow books each week to use at home and exchange for new ones. This lending program has a positive influence in the family home as a whole by bringing a world full of imagination.

The preschool, Los Girasoles, is now officially registered with UGEL, the national board of education. We celebrate September 3rd as the school anniversary. This year it was celebrated with a night time walk, using antorchas, up the trail to the Lazy Dog Inn where a large bonfire, marshmallows and light dinner awaited. 40 children and family members participated in the event.

 The classroom

Classes and activities

Learning the days of the week.

Learning the letters of each kid´s name.

Reading and Listening.

Brushing teeth after the fruit refreshment in the morning.

Preparing their own vegetable garden.

On special days there is even time for ice cream!

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