At Dolphin’s Academy we see mathematics as a skill that develops in much the same way building does. First, strong foundations need to be laid, if the entire construction is to be stable. Later on, new building blocks can be added easily.
The students of Dolphin’s Academy School are a wonderful mixture of different cultures and nationalities. They come from many different countries and represent different traditions and customs, bringing a great amount of diversity to our school.
At Dolphin’s Academy we use the natural approach to learning English. The children are taught in English, use the same books native English speakers use, and even acquire knowledge in the same order.
The program of Values offers a high range of stories aimed at raising awareness, reflection, discussion, opinions for or against an action, and dramatizing situations of everyday life, thus confirming the commitment of the student population in the practice of the values needed to live in peace and joy.
The boys and the girls will have the opportunity to develop many skills that will help them analyze and understand the values shown by people in actions or thoughts. Also, we discuss the conflicts of interests, needs and values presented in daily life, and explore possible solutions and reach agreements.
It takes a sense of responsibility in children to be able to react if they see that someone is acting inappropriately. We will have the possibility to give them some tips to help them improve their behavior, thus giving them better behavior to help them live in harmony.
The values program offers teaching methodology consistent with the educational needs and challenges of our times. The values studied are: Friendship, order, respect, responsibility, trust, cooperation, sharing, justice, solidarity, tolerance, honesty, freedom, peace, among others, allowing complete development of the students.
The Spanish program has several resources that develop various skills, which are achieved through small sections and a collection of activities, classified according to the objectives to be achieved. It has several facets, starting with a diagnosis where recreational activities have been developed to assess each student’s prior knowledge.
Next, during the learning process, the program complies with the following aims:
- Master the curriculum, plan, anticipate problems and solutions, and review phases of the learning process.
- Facilitate meaningful learning, and thus enrich the basic skills to overcome difficulties.
- Share learning experiences to promote thoughtful discussion and foster empathy with the group.
The methodology of this program promotes the development of skills such as forming their own opinions, generating ideas, developing skills, building oral and written messages with coherence and cohesion, making decisions, communicating and conversing appropriately in different contexts, and reading and understanding different types of texts according to reading level (literal, inferential, recreational, etc.). This thereby stimulates the development of language skills, aptitude and attitude in order to achieve an integral formation through different types of exercises: Practicals, challenges, reviewing work , mini-projects, and information searches.
Last but not least, there is an evaluation that included proposals or strategies aimed at teaching the children to achieve knowledge transfer and production.
Our Social Studies program, involves all the history, geography and culture of our beloved Costa Rica. Our goal is to enrich cultural and historical learning in our students while forming them civically, with respect toward diversity and the country in which they live.
We have designed this beautiful program in a way that develops the content through sketches, diagrams, concept maps and charts, to respond to a visual learning style. It addresses, in small sections, the issues of ethics, aesthetics and citizenship proposed by the MEP. It contains activities at various levels of complexity, which stimulate skills development, activities to encourage student interest and activate prior knowledge, values and exercises to work metacognition, learning activities, and social research projects in which the scientific method is applied for the social sciences.
We familiarize the children with practical life and everyday household tasks, giving them the opportunity to do tasks from daily life, and even to do tasks that are normally restricted in their house due to the “danger” or care that must be taken when doing some of them.
This same prohibition in the homes of the children give them an enormous curiosity and interest in implementing the tasks, giving us an opportunity to be part of this delicate task. The Montessori method gives the children the opportunity to undertake these activities (always under adult supervision) and to achieve them with a sense of productivity based on focusing their energy in real life games and activities.
The English Language Arts classes study all subjects essential for communication within this content area. Classroom materials and resources focus on developing students’ skills in the primary subjects of reading and comprehension, writing, spelling and grammar for all grades as well as phonics in the primary grades.
The textbooks are the same books used in public school districts in the United States that are well researched and developed for each grade level. The Language Arts course is taught in a style where the students are in an English-only environment to practice and improve listening and speaking skills. These classes are emphasized to provide the fundamentals for our dual language program.
The subject of science is one we attach great importance to here at Dolphin’s Academy. In the 21st century, one cannot afford to disregard science at the expense of the development of our society. If our students are to enter the world on the same footing as other developed countries, we need to endow them with all of the knowledge and skills that are required to obtain a scientific mindset.
Studies have shown that a bilingual program achieves the best academic performance. Many students reach the goal of performing at grade level in both languages. With a continual bilingual education, some students will perform above grade level in both languages! Taking part in a developed bilingual education program provides the student with several advantages:
- The ability to communicate in other English-speaking countries
- Development of support and relationships within the family
- Perfection of pronunciation (mostly among younger students)
- Multicultural education/acceptance/equality
- Improvement of problem solving skills
- Greater access to future career opportunities
The student has equal access to a well-rounded education in order to contribute to the growth of his/her own society, whether the primary language is English or Spanish. In addition, the student will develop skills and tools that are important for learning their second language and will use these same skills to reach a higher level of success in their first language.
In computer classes, we at Dolphin’s Academy make the students well versed in the use of several programs that they will need for the future. First we teach the younger children to use such basic programs as Word Processing and Paint. This allows them to practice at a young age the valuable skills of typing and mouse manipulation.
In order to fully round out the education of our students, we here at Dolphin’s Academy have inserted several subjects into the curriculum that we think are necessary for the thorough education of a child. First, we have a physical education course that combines sports, exercise, and fitness with a fun environment. In addition to the outdoor field activities, the students go to a local swimming pool to receive instruction in swimming.
Three times a week we allow the students time to reflect, revise, and ready themselves for the day. This is our guide hour, where the guide teacher supervises a 40 minute period where the students can work on any project or homework assignment they wish. The purpose of this time is to give the students time and space to finish what needs finishing.