Nov 2, 2017

The Food Pedagogy

Emilia: "Teacher, are all peppers red?"

Miss Yessenia: "I don't know, Emilia, let's explore and see what we discover!"

All the children: "Yeah!!"

This is a usual conversation the children have with their teachers on a daily basis at Fundación DEHVI. Our child centers implement a pedagogy inspired on Reggio Emilia, Italy, where they learn through projects and experiences. The children love going to our child centers because their questions and ideas are taken into account every day in order to make their learning more fun and significant.

This year's institutional project is "The Food Pedagogy". The whole concept emerged from the children's needs and interests. Most of the children that attend our child centers only eat while they are with us; and, if they do eat at home, we know it won't be anything healthy and appropriate for their developmental needs. However, thanks to your donations, we are able to provide the children with 4 healthy meals from Monday to Friday that benefit their initial development. Therefore, the teachers detected that food is very important in their lives, especially because they always talk about food and always eat everything that is on their plates.

So they began with "The Food Pedagogy" in January this year. First they explored different materials to work on, such as different kinds of paper, different paints, different writing and coloring utensils, different kinds of clay, etc. Then they began with the observation and exploration phase, where they used all of their senses to discover all kinds of fruits and vegetables. The little ones enjoyed eating and exploring the textures, while the oldest ones enjoyed discovering and analyzing all the colors.

The next phase was to make different representations of the food they were discovering with the different materials they worked with and analyzed at the beginning of the year. They have done 2D and 3D artistic representations as you can see on the pictures bellow. Additionally, as the children work on their projects, during meal time they are eating what they have already explored, this has helped them to be open to try new and healthy food; and of course they are getting bigger and healthier!

The "Food Pedagogy Project" is beginning a new phase were the children will work on table and chair designs inspired by different artists and also inspired on nature! At the end of the year they will have a presentation where they will show all the projects they have worked on during the whole year to their parents.

"Miss Yessenia, after I explored this pepper with my magnifying glass I discovered that peppers have all kinds of colors! There are orange, yellow and even green with red; I can use this one to decorate my house during Christmas!", said Emilia. Without a doubt the children are discovering the world around them as it is in all details and enjoying the differences and similarities within. They are also learning to investigate and use their critical thinking skills during their learning.

Once again, I thank you for all your support because thanks to you, we can offer these children so many different fun learning experiences that are helping them develop so many different life skills they need today and definitely will need in their futures. I encourage you to support us with recurring donations in order to keep transforming hundreds of children's lives through a quality early childhood education and alimentation. #GivingTuesday is right around the corner (Tuesday, November 28th) so don't forget to make a donation this day and tell your friends and families about us as well!

Kind regards,

Aug 4, 2017

UIIIP UIIIP UIIIP

Welcome decorations
Welcome decorations

Last week we celebrated a very special day at Fundación DEHVI's child centers. We celebrated "La Anexión del Partido de Nicoya" (Nicoya's Annex to Costa Rica). On July 25th 1824, the people of the region of Nicoya, which used to belong to Nicaragua, decided to voluntarily become part of Costa Rica. Every year since then, Costa Rica celebrates enthusiastically this day because this "annex" brought Costa Rica a lot of culture and nature and we could not imagine our country without so many beautiful beaches, delicious food and colorful traditions.

Therefore, we celebrated in our child centers this exciting occasion! All the teachers and students were in charge of the child centers decorations and they did an amazing job. You could sense the effort, love, and creativity they put on for the big day.

The big celebratory day came and we decided to invite the families and communities to be part of them! In Loto, the families participated making their own "carreta típica" (traditional ox cart), in Pavas, the families created life-size campesinos (country man and woman) with traditional clothing, in San Juan the families shared the "¡uiip uiip uiip: bombas!" (traditional rhymes) that they have learned and known since they were young children, and in Hatillo the families participated in the traditional dances the children had prepared. However, these dances in Hatillo were really special because the elders form the elderly center next to the child center also danced with the children!

We love these celebrations because families get to see what their children have been learning at the child centers and little by little they are beginning to understand the importance of their children's education. These celebrations are very special as well because we incorporate the community in our activities like dancing with the elderly in Hatillo and sharing rides on a real traditional ox cart in San Juan. This is very important to us because we do not only work directly with the children in order to maximize their early development, but we also work with their eco-system (family and community) because we want these children to grow with love everywhere around them, with the best attention possible, and the best opportunities.

Thanks to you, we are able to keep providing these children with the best materials and best professionals so they can have a quality early education and alimentation and so they can enjoy celebrations like "Anexión del Partido de Nicoya". Thanks to your recurring donations, we are able to benefit more than 400 boys and girls (yes, we are growing really fast!) and many more children to come!

Kind regards,

Inge Hernandez

Traditional dance "El Torito" (The Small Bull)
Traditional dance "El Torito" (The Small Bull)
Parents' projects
Parents' projects
Dancing with the community
Dancing with the community
Riding the traditional oxcart around the community
Riding the traditional oxcart around the community
Adults and children celebrating and having fun
Adults and children celebrating and having fun
May 8, 2017

Family Day!!

At Fundación DEHVI, we have all kinds of families! That is why we have a special day where each child can celebrate their own family and be proud of it and where each family can celebrate their own child and be proud of him or her.

As you know, the children that attend our child centers stay with us from 6am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. They get to spend a lot of time with their teachers and child center personnel, so the child center becomes a second home for the children and the child center personnel, fellow friends and classmates become their second family as well. So we all celebrated together “Family Day”!

We all got to spend a very special day with lots delicious food, good music, and extremely fun activities for everyone to enjoy. The child centers directors worked very hard for this activity to be a great success and it really was! The families got to the child centers early in the morning and most of them didn’t even want to leave! This is what we love about our job, we get to see huge smiles and people learning and having fun all the time.

However, even though we celebrate this special day with all of the children’s families, it does not mean that this is the only time we get to spend time with them. On the contrary, due to the Reggio Emilia inspiration pedagogy we implement, we constantly incorporate parents and caregivers in our day-to-day activities and projects. We believe that if parents/caregivers are involved in their children’s educational processes, the children will have a much more positive early development. We want children to be able to share with their parents about what they are doing and learning at DEHVI and we want parents to understand the importance of the education their children are receiving. We are succeeding in this because parents/caregivers are more and more involved with DEHVI and their children day by day.

As a result, we are benefitting and impacting not only the children, but their families as well. Later on we can tell you more details regarding the impact we are having on the children’s families.

This impact is thanks to donors like you! Your donations help us provide the best attention to families, but most importantly, you help us provide the best early education and alimentation to the children. Thank you for your past and future donations!!

Sincerely,

Inge

 
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