In Fundación DEHVI we continue working on innovative pedagogies that allow the integral development and learning of children from creativity, imagination and sensory experiences, this time through activities related to the project "surprising animals" which consists of children knowing wild animals, their habitat, their characteristics, their skills, their food and everything around them.
The interest and previous knowledge that children possess on this subject is impressive. Every day is a new adventure in the Children's Centers, as children investigate at home and ask generative questions within the classroom. For a few weeks, children have been invited to explore the outdoor spaces looking for wild animals.
Likewise, they were provided with materials to draw their favorite wild animal according to their possibilities of action, within this same activity they were asked to describe the animal they drew, the descriptions were very accurate and also very witty, such as, that of "Josh (4 years old) who told us about the hypotanus (hippopotamus) told us that the hypotano eats gallo pinto with cheese (typical Costa Rican dish) and that it is fonda (submerges) in the water." In addition, we made the footprints of some wild animals, where the infants painted them with temperas, using them as an environment for the classroom.
On the other hand, the sensory part has been worked with plasticine, gel with frost, water with dye, sand, striped chalk, cottons and natural resources. At the same time, we have tried to make the issue of wild animals also among the sensory. For example: wild animals were introduced to the water with dye and the infants had to take them out, mentioning their name. The sensory part is of utmost importance for the development of skills in infants, and they are activities that they like very much, allowing their concentration to improve.
Knowing about animals develops emotional benefits for children: empathy, affection, solidarity and care are some of them, and not only with animals, but also with nature and people.
We hope you have enjoyed this progress of learning of children in our Children's Centers, which through creative and fun activities can connect them with the world of animals.
Thank you for supporting us to continue providing quality care and innovative education to 630 children at social risk in Costa Rica.
“Thank you for being part of our work as an Ally for Children of Fundación DEHVI”
En Fundación DEHVI seguimos trabajando en pedagogías innovadoras que permitan el desarrollo y aprendizaje integral de los niños desde la creatividad, la imaginación y las experiencias sensoriales, esta vez a través de actividades relacionadas con el proyecto “animales que sorprenden” que consiste en que los niños conozcan a los animales salvajes, su hábitat, su características, sus habilidades, su alimentación y todo lo que les rodea.
El interés y conocimiento previo que poseen los niños sobre este tema es impresionante. Cada día es una nueva aventura en los Centros Infantiles, ya que los niños investigan en casa y hacen preguntas generativas dentro del salón de clases. Desde hace unas semanas, se invita a los niños a explorar los espacios al aire libre en busca de animales salvajes.
Así mismo, se les proporcionó materiales para dibujar su animal salvaje favorito de acuerdo a sus posibilidades de acción, dentro de esta misma actividad se les pidió que describieran el animal que dibujaron, las descripciones fueron muy precisas y también muy ingeniosas, como por ejemplo, la de “ Josh (4 años) que nos habló del hipotano (hipopótamo) nos dijo que el hipotano come gallo pinto con queso (plato típico costarricense) y que se fonda (se sumerge) en el agua". Además, realizamos las huellas de algunos animales silvestres, donde los infantes las pintaron con témperas, utilizándolas como ambiente para el salón de clases.
Por otro lado, la parte sensorial se ha trabajado con plastilina, gel con escarcha, agua con tinte, arena, tiza rayada, algodones y recursos naturales. Al mismo tiempo, hemos intentado que el tema de los animales salvajes también entre lo sensorial. Por ejemplo: los animales salvajes se introducían al agua con tinte y los infantes tenían que sacarlos, mencionando su nombre. La parte sensorial es de suma importancia para el desarrollo de habilidades en los infantes, y son actividades que les gustan mucho, ya que permiten mejorar su concentración.
Conocer a los animales desarrolla beneficios emocionales para los niños: la empatía, el cariño, la solidaridad y el cuidado son algunos de ellos, y no solo con los animales, sino también con la naturaleza y las personas.
Esperamos que hayas disfrutado de este avance de aprendizaje de los niños en nuestros Centros Infantiles, que a través de actividades creativas y divertidas puedan conectarlos con el mundo de los animales.
Gracias por apoyarnos a seguir brindando atención de calidad y educación innovadora a 630 niños en riesgo social en Costa Rica.
The December month was very special for children. In the different children's centers, the arrival of Christmas is celebrated, it begins with the decoration of each one of the centers, indoors and outdoors. We carry out a variety of activities that open this important season that fills us with illusion, hope and gratitude.
Decoration of spaces
The elaboration of personalized spheres was part of the activities; each one had the face of every children. Therefore, during December we had photographs session related to this festivity, and also promoting that every family could have the memory of these decorating their homes for Christmas.
Our Christmas “Posada”
Another special moment full of tradition was the “posada” (traditional custom) on December 6th in the children's centers. We sang the “posada” song, one child of every classroom interpreted the “pasito navideño”, one baby represented the baby Jesus, a girl the angel, one boy was Joseph and another girl the Virgin Mary. In addition, families participated singing Christmas carols and ate a delicious “tamal” (typical food of the season) while they were listening Christmas music.
The children’s families were very grateful to share together all the activities that were prepared with great affection and care by the teachers together with each one of the participants.
The December month was full of smiles and enthusiasm for the children’s foundation, who enjoyed traditional Christmas activities for closing the year 2022 and receiving the 2023 year full of blessings for the families and allies who accompany the work of DEHVI Foundation.
With the arrival of COVID-19, we realized the importance of home as a space for the development and education of children. From this idea, Fundación DEHVI conceived a program that encourages the parental abilities of these families through games, creativity, training, and introspection to create affectionate and protective spaces in an engaging manner. This is why every two weeks through 2022 more than 160 families have participated, from their homes, in activities that foster familial bonding, affection, assertive communication, and active participation. Among the most encouraging results, families have spoken about the improvement found in their bond, their understanding of their children’s needs, and the unique moments they have created at home.
As part of the program, in addition to facilitating the instructions, we also provide the necessary materials for the realization of said activities. These activities vary from games to sculping using clay from recycled material to painting and even recipes to add some flavor into their everyday. However, above all, children enjoy spending quality time with their parents, and in this sense, the possibility of another pandemic will not deter us from our goals as these families have been strengthened to be at their children’s side every step of the way in their development process.
Finally, this program not only focuses on closing the gap that COVID-19 generated but will also be implemented for children who do not attend any Care Center. This addresses a concern that has existed since well before the pandemic started, which refers to the children that have not prepared for early childhood development, which puts them in disadvantage when the times comes to enroll in schools.
At Fundación DEHVI we have included reused materials and loose pieces to encourage children's creativity, as well as environmental awareness.
Imagination is the main ingredient of this bet, since it defines the new life of the materials, which can be transformed into story characters or even cities.
A group of children took on the task of designing how they wanted the community where they live to be in their "Imagino y Construyo" project. They toured the community and learned about design with an architect advise…spoiler alert: their city has many parks, water, and houses with animals.
The initiative of reused materials has been extended to the families that participate in our Creative Homes project, giving a unique result of their creations.
Transforming these materials open us to the possibility of reinventing ourselves using our creativity, this is a necessary skill for resilience, especially in times of pandemic.
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