By : Zainab Khaliq
Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of a person's intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, and creative potentials. It seeks to engage students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and collective responsibility.
In holistic education the focus is on the three R's:
- Reverence for all life.
First, children need to learn about themselves. This involves learning self-respect and self-esteem.
Second, children need to learn about relationships. In learning about their relationships with others, there is a focus on social "literacy" (learning to see social influence) and emotional "literacy" (one's own self in relation to others).
Third, children need to learn about resilience. This entails overcoming difficulties, facing challenges and learning how to ensure long-term success.
Fourth, children need to learn about aesthetics – This encourages the student to see the beauty of what is around them and learn to have awe in life.
We derive the curriculum by listening to each child and helping the child bring out what lies within oneself.
Holistic education is seen as transformative learning rather than a process of transmission and transaction between teacher and student. The teacher is seen less as a person of authority who leads and controls but rather a mentor or facilitator.
Our lead holistic educator will focus on the following 6 areas, however, they may spend more time on one than the other depending on your child’s needs.
- Emotional development
- Critical thinking skills
- Conflict resolution skills
- Character formation
- Healthy social skills
We recommend that clients take on holistic education at least once every fortnight alongside their academic tutoring needs. Each session is only 30 minutes in length but has proven to have a big impact on their academic performance as well as future success.