Preschool & Elementary

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), our USA partner, sent environmental educators to our school in 2008 to teach the students how to care for and use binoculars in locating, identifying and observing bird behaviors. The APS y ECA 2008 project is learning about bird watching and observing bird behavior. CBEC teachers also showed the teachers and students how to use microscopes to enhance the scientific research observes recommended in the CR science curriculum. Please view the multimedia presentation below to see this program in action:

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Atenas Preschool y Escuela Colina Azul
Atenas Alajuela, Costa Rica (506) 2-446-4027


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ROOTS AND SHOOTS PRESENTATION TO JANE GOODALL

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In February 2007,  APS y ECA joined the international children's environmental program founded by Jane Goodall 35 years ago (R&S). The 2007 longitudinal project was a “Stingless Honey Bee Project”.  The students participated in instruction from a professional bee expert parent from the Universidad Nacional (UNA).  The students built the bee environment and monitored the bee's behavior over the school year.  In August 2007 Jane Goodall visited Costa Rica and our school was selected to present their 2007 project to her at InBio Parque in Heredia, CR. Below is a summary of their presentation:

We choose to work with stingless honeybees because they are pollinators and because they can help our community, since work sources have been lost due to a loss of land to coffee plantations. The sale of this honey will help us collect funds to continue our projects. The production of honey by stingless honeybees takes approximately six month. We hope to have our first harvest towards the end of this year.

Stingless honeybees produce a very rich and nutritious honey, which is also full of healing properties. For example an eye antibiotic is extracted from it; also facial cream and cough medication can be produced.
To obtain the first honeycombs, we got the aid of Universidad National’s professor Fernando Ramírez, bee expert at that institution, Boston University’s School for Field Studies’ professor Gerardo Ávalos and his  students who helped us identify the plants of our small reserve, and Saint Mary’s College of Maryland which gave us resources and professors to undertake this project.
What we learned with this project was:

  1. The roles of animals and plants in the ecosystem.
  2. The importance of transmitting environmental conservation ideas to people.
  3. Trophic chains.
  4. How to cultivate bees.
  5. Care for the bees and their specific needs.
  6. Bee anatomy, behavior and pollination.


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Atenas Alajuela, Costa Rica (506) 2-446-4027

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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P. E. Swim Classes and Swim Team

APS y ECA has as an extension of its physical education (P.E.) instructional program; swimming, diving and water safety once a week for all children 4-12 years of age.  Our objective is to give the children well rounded options, from the swimming lessons evolved a swim team that practices on Saturdays and competes in weekend swim meets in the local area.

School Band
The band is a weekly after-school program that prepares the participants for community events; such as parades, performing for local community homes for the aging and fairs.

The Soccer Team
All children have a weekly 2 hour Physical Education program that provides soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming and aerobic exercise.  Boys and girls soccer teams are selected from the general P.E. Program and these teams compete against local public and private schools about twice a month.

Art Class
APS y ECA offers after-school art lesson with a trained art educator once a week.  This class has provided the students access to entering of their art work into a number of local, province, and national competitions.  Our students have received numerous awards and recognition of their talents through their submissions in these competitions.

Gymnastics and Dance
APS y ECA girls 5-12 meet once a week after school to learn and participate in developing gymnastic skills and choreograph dance routines with a professional gymnastics teacher.  They present APS y ECA and exhibit their talents at dance and gymnastic performances and march in local parades.

Roots and Shoots Club
Please see the preceding two tabs "CBEC Projects" and "R&S" for more information about the exciting learning experience these student share with each other and the environment.

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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EVENTS


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Science Fair
Each year following National Science Fair guidelines the students in Preparatoria through 6th grade develop individual or small group science projects.  Then they orally present them to several judges and their peers.

Tuesday Assembly
Each Tuesday at the end of the school day all the children assemble for a class presentation on a Costa Rican cultural, individual talent, historical events or related topics of their choosing.  This promotes awareness of their country and encourages creativity in public presentations.

Fine Arts Competitions
The school encourages and promotes the children’s fine arts skills.  We enter the children’s writings and art creations into local, province and national competitions. The children have received numerous awards for their quality work in the form of a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.  One of the younger children received a national 1st place art award and now has her painting hanging in a Japanese bank with art works of children around the world.  One of the older children has twice had art work featured in the annual Costa Rican Pali (Wal-Mart) calendar.  In 2008 a 2nd grader was awarded, a Province of Alajuela, 1st place for her essay on “Who I Am”.

Arbor Day Project
Every year on Arbor Day the students in 4th, 5th, and 5th grade celebrate by helping with a local reforestation project.  In the lower grades the children learn about conservation of the forest and plant little trees around the campus.

Birding Watching and Identification classes
Our school has been very fortunate in having volunteers from the Chesapeake Environmental Center from the USA visit multiple times to help the children and teachers to learn about the use of binoculars in locating and observing birds and other animals in their environment. 

CBEC volunteers have donated a classroom set of binoculars and small microscopes for the students to use in their investigation of wild life and other curriculum areas.  One of our school parents came to give classroom instruction and teacher in-service workshop on using the microscopes for identifying slides for cell characteristics and observing slides of blood samples.

Hands-on English Class Projects
To enhance the children’s acquisition of English as a Second Language (ESL) the English teachers implement many hands on activities to encourage the children to use conversational and expressive language through real life activities. The results have been exceptional for the development of their comprehension of the second language.  They are learning to read direction, follow direction, ask appropriate questions, get feedback and produce a finished product.  This process creates a comfortable place for the children to learn their second language.

Soccer
The school soccer team goes on the road occasionally.  Our wonderful P.E. teacher stays in the loop with the public school soccer league in Atenas and makes sure that our little team is included in the local soccer tournaments.  Several times a month the team will have games with other schools in the area.  Everyone gets excited and we love to win but losing can happen too, we look forward to the next game.

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TEACHER INSERVICE WORKSHOPS

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The  teachers at Atenas Preschool y Escuela Colina Azul participate in inservice workshops about once a month.  Recently we have had several developmental workshops in using math manipulatives.  The teachers then shared math manipulative activities that they have used successfully with their colleagues. 

The visiting Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) volunteers presented a teacher workshop on the use and care of binoculars and modeled classroom activities the teacher could use after they were gone.

A school parent introduced activities for the use and care of classroom microscopes.  She also modeled several simple activities that the teachers could use in the classroom to enhance the Science curriculum.

APS Y ECA teachers received guided instruction on the use of Books in a Bag.  Indiana University has donated to APS y ECA over 50 Books in a Bag.  This project was start by Dr. Leana McClain, IU’s School of Education Children’s Literature professor.  The objective of this project is to provide students and their families with a school to home connection.  IU preservice teachers select Spanish/English trade books the are age appropriate, then develop activity guides in Spanish for the families to do with their child after the family member reads the book to the child or the child reads the book to the family.  The preservice teacher then designs a canvas bag to house the book, activity guide and activity materials so the child can easily transport the Book in a Bag home.

Teachers and staff members share successful arts and crafts project with each other in some of the inservice workshops. 

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Atenas Preschool y Escuela Colina Azul
Atenas Alajuela, Costa Rica (506) 2-446-4027

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Projects and Events

Currently, the school is networking with the international children’s environmental program Roots and Shoots (R&S), and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC).   Roots and Shoots was founded by Jane Goodall thirty years ago and she has a strong tie to Costa Rica. In 2007 she visited CR and the children of APS y ECA presented their R & S’s 2007 project to her at InBio Parque (InBio), in Spanish and English.  CBEC has provided personnel, who have traveled to APS y ECA from the USA, to facilitate awareness instruction for the children in CR bird identification and migration habits in the birds’ natural habitants. CBEC has generously donated binoculars and microscopes along with classroom demonstration on how to care and use the equipment.

Both of these excellent environmental programs have helped to guide APS y ECA in obtaining its environmental education goals and to enhance its environmental studies curriculum.

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