Sunday, October 14, 2007

Our Waldorf Kindergarten, class of 2007.

In fall 2004 we initiated our kindergarten in our banana packing plant with 14 children from our farm workers families and neighbours. In the second year the Kindergarten grew to 24 children and moved temporarily in to a larger new co-worker apartment on the finca.
The initial Kindergarten teacher, Mayelin Guerrero a native Dominican had studied Eurhythmie in Europe and with it aquired some knowledge in Waldorf education. She decided to leave us at the end of the school year and we are grateful that she pioneered our project.

We were very fortunate to find Susana Rubio from Columbia to take over the Kindergarten this fall! She is a experienced Waldorf Kindergarten teacher who established a Kindergarten in Peru and Columbia and trained many young teachers.
Under her leadership we are entering a exiting new phase; we intend to open a second class in January, making space for another 24 children! With her we hope eventually to be able to establish a Waldorf education training centre for young teachers.
At the same time we intend to build a two class kindergarten building on its own 2 ha parcel neighbouring our biodynamic finca.
Initially I got all enthused to build a organic structure having discovered the artistic potentials of,, but after much reflections as we have no experienced contractors in our country I chickened out and decided to build conventionally in concrete. I did my best in designing a somewhat organic structure with rounded corners and cathedral ceilings where children could feel at home.
We hope to have the buildings ready for the next school year beginning in September 2008!
For more on the childrens project check our website: