At Dos Latidos, we believe there is no better teaching method than the human mind’s innate ability to learn. Therefore, we focus our efforts on providing our students with enriching spaces with a great variety of resources, materials, and people that allow our students to learn for themselves, actively and experientially, with personalized support from our teaching team that respects each student’s rhythm. We believe that when children and youth attend a school like this and are given the freedom to choose what and how they want to learn at every moment, they develop an exceptional ability to self-manage, which encourages them to choose the learnings they need most, learnings which they are prepared to take on and which align best with their natural talents. And so, our students are building themselves from the inside out, in a fluid way and without need for external motivation, following the flow of life where family, school, and environment merge to help them realize their full potential.
The way that students at Dos Latidos learn is based on four methodological principles:
1)Every hour of every day students choose how to spend their own time; distributing it between individual and group activities allows them to move between different levels of commitment adapted to their age.
2)The teaching team is continuously training and researching, using all resources within our reach to promote the development of our students. We are curious and non-conformist, we therefore do not limit ourselves to applying a single methodology or stream of pedagogy.
3)We recognize that nature and outdoor learning are one of the best resources at our disposal, and which assists with the comprehensive development of our students. This is why we encourage field days (one every week) as well as free access to be outside of the classroom.
4)We start from a baseline curriculum that allows us to note points of reference and build an individualized curriculum for each student. The learnings acquired through this individual curriculum cover the emotional, cognitive, ethical, social and physical components that allow for the comprehensive development of a person.
Students of the Blue House (3 to 7 years of age) create their day at school around certain reference points that allow them to feel safe and relaxed. This includes having meeting time when they arrive each morning, a weekly workshop, weekly musical or artistic activities, and story time at the end of each day. For this age group, we attach particular importance to free and spontaneous play and non-directive activities.
Students of the Green House (7 to 12 years of age) plan their week through a meeting every Monday morning. This includes planning any projects they want to develop (project based learning), and the regular workshops they want to attend, leaving ample free time to play and take part in spontaneous activities which provides the space for them to meet their daily interests and needs. To realize all of this, they have the personalized support of the teachers, external workshops, and PAMAS (a group of parents from the school who are trained to provide workshops and are experts in different fields of knowledge; every two weeks they give workshops and develop projects with the students).