Fundamentals of our center
"We learn by transforming the world".
At Semente we believe that spaces are one more tool to educate and that is why we take account of our premises.
One of our principles is the interaction with nature, so we look for places with backyards so that our children can be outdoors every day.
We bet on a model of decision making in which we participate in life in class in a horizontal way. That is why we give importance to the assembly space and we structure the class without anyone having a specific place, not even the educator.
The centers are flexible spaces that change according to the needs of specific children or the group helping them to find an inclusive Semente.
We look for places that have natural light in all their rooms, promoting the group’s well-being.
Semente is a feminist and secular space. Before incorporating any material to our class, it has to pass a sieve with this critical vision.
Our intervention as an educational team on site and in the environment is important.
We try to avoid visual overloading the rooms, also we incorporate natural materials and use tools or furniture that foster autonomy.
Preschool Semente is thought for children from 2 to 6 years.
"The cooperative work in the projects is basic to answer the questions that the students themselves want to know."
Semente is also a space of transformative pedagogy at the service of community interests. For Semente, the learning process implies an acquisition of skills relevant to personal development and a social transformation:
– Acquisition of knowledge,
– Acquisition of key habits and values that foster long-term autonomous learning, beyond the school and academic years.
– Acquisition of abilities that boost the implementation of the acquired knowledge in real contexts, such as cooperative work, project design and implementation, autonomous learning, and self-assessment.
– Acquisition of emotional consciousness that allows the individual to deal efficiently with emotions, promoting coherence between what is «thought», «what is felt» and «what is done».
– From the constructivist perspective, the student is the key figure of the teaching and learning process. The student is responsible for her/his own learning, with the instructor as mentor and guide.
Semente is a community school that responds to a variety of social needs. It tries to educate children with critical and free thinking and aims to make society a less individualistic and more communitarian place.
It is designed for children from 6 to 12 years, organized by corners (recantos) and the work is done on a project basis the students acquire the knowledge that corresponds to their educational level from suggested proposals through the corners. They work with real manipulative materials that are directly related to the reality around them. All these works are developed in teams, and each student performs the suggested work individually or collectively.
The students decide what they want to research and the object of their research. They search for information about resources in their homes, libraries, or other places and then they answer their curiosities and interests or, if they cannot answer, they know for what reason. All this process will serve to clarify what we need to improve for future research and what each person can do to make this way of working run. The subjects to be investigated are current questions our students are concerned of; it can be the machismo, the birds that surround us or the solar system