There are 8 kindergartens in the San Felipe
area. Unlike the U.S., kindergartens in Mexico are for
children from three to five years old. In addition to
learning how to use pencils, crayons, and scissors, the
children also learn letters, numbers,
science and social studies. There is a great emphasis
on poetry, music, and dancing to develop large motor skills
and to facilitate learning in the subject areas. Typically,
the exterior of the kindergartens are painted with large
Disney figures. The classrooms are brightly decorated
with materials to enhance the learning experience. Since
many of these children come from homes in depressed areas
where there is very little beauty, the teachers go out
of their way to provide experiences which will expand
the horizons of these little ones.
Unfortunately, many children are unable
to attend kindergarten. Uniforms are required as well
as school supplies and fees. Although these expenses are
minimal by U.S. standards, many parents cannot afford
to send their children to all three years of kindergarten.
Children who are
unable to attend kindergarten are behind from the day
they start elementary school. They will not have been
exposed to books and may find it difficult to understand
instructions which involve writing and the use of other
Thephotos below are from the Los Arcos
kindergarten which has the name of "30 de Abril."
The 30th of April is Children's Day in Mexico. These pictures
were taken during their spring festival in April of 2004.
The dancing was amazing and the songs stressed concepts
of spring. On this day the school's little library was
dedicated. The library exists because of the combined
efforts of many groups and individuals as well as the
dedication and hard work of the principal and faculty.
The Book Buddies Project
The San Felipe Book Buddies is an outreach project
dedicated to getting quality picture books and
reading materials to the children of San Felipe.
Unlike many countries where classrooms are filled
with learning aides and audio-visual equipment,
classrooms in San Felipe are basically unadorned.
The wealth of children's literature and resource
books seen in classrooms and libraries in many
other parts of the world are absent in San Felipe's
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