Children are the main protagonists in the educational experience we offer. Our image of the child as a competent citizen, rich in potential, inspires our work as educators.
Our philosophy is guided by the following principles:
We respect the opinions, ideas, and attitudes of others, even when we do not share them. We see diversity as an asset that allows each member of the community to grow, acknowledging that each person is unique and contributes their own individuality to the development of the community as a whole.
We seek to understand the way others view the world by participating emotionally in a reality that is not our own.
We encourage a healthy and enriching exchange of ideas and opinions among all members of the educational community by listening with tolerance and openness. The adults practice communication that is compassionate and assertive, avoiding aggressive or passive communication and viewing disagreement and negotiation as a process of growth that occurs in a respectful environment. The children also learn to practice this type of communication modeled by the adults.
Solidarity, in its purest sense, is a central part of our philosophy. It implies building social cohesion for the good of the community and of others.
The active and ethical participation of each member of the learning community is important to creating a culture where every point of view is valued and everyone feels heard, appreciated, and respected. Every adult in our community assumes the responsibility of establishing relationships that allow them to grow as a person and contribute to a community that values the potential of every child that forms part of that community. Children are considered to be active citizens with rights that we all are responsible for upholding and protecting.
Beauty is an element present not only in the spaces where our educational experience takes place, but also in each of the decisions made by the people involved in the educational community. Beauty is found in the thoughts and everyday actions of the members of our community.
Joy and Happiness
Inspired by the words of Loris Malaguzzi –“nothing without joy” –, our educational community finds pleasure in the everyday activities of our educational duties, in the interactions between individuals, and in forming a community and learning together.
In our educational community we see play as the most important activity in childhood, as it is through play that children give meaning to the world that surrounds them. Children play as a natural way of learning, using the curiosity and joy they already possess. Through play, children teach us how to understand the way in which they learn.
One of our priorities is to raise awareness of all members of the educational community regarding the impact of our actions and decisions on other species, nature as a whole, and future generations. We use permaculture to reduce our ecological impact in light of the pressing problems relating to the deterioration of natural resources and climate change.
Organization and Cleanliness
These are essential components of the educational/recreational and administrative processes of our educational community. The cleaning and organization of the spaces, materials, project planning, etc. are essential to creating the conditions necessary for successful learning.