Holistic – it’s a word we’ve heard a lot when it comes to learning, but what is it, really? Holistic development is crucial in the learning stage regardless of your kid’s age and learning stage. Even at home, parents can use holistic education in their role as primary educators to start their kids on the proper path to success.
Ways to ensure holistic development in the early years
The first step towards holistic development in the early years is by fully comprehending the concept. With holistic development, we need to take into account the kid’s environment. Both parents and educators need to be aware of this philosophy to make it easier to apply the holistic approach to the child’s education.
When started in the early years and extended through the subsequent years, the holistic approach to education creates a balance between the home, the environment and the growing child.
Key development areas
Here are the five key elements/areas of development that serves as the main focus of holistic development.
- Personal growth – all about me and the way I’m growing and learning.
- Social skills – how I connect with others and interact in my world.
- Emotional understanding – learning to live well despite difficulties and adversity.
- Intellectual development – learning, creativity and obtaining skills for knowledge.
- Environmental values – appreciating and taking care of the world I live in.
These guidelines will assist parents and teachers to master the skills required to create a holistic approach to education. The early years are vital in establishing the foundation for a healthy and happy, cohesive lifestyle.
Know the physical milestones your kids will experience. Get knowledge of how motor skills build on diverse aspects of movement based on the stage of development your kid has reached. Commit time to enhance motor skills or small actions.
Social Skills. Foster social skills by letting your kids interact with other children and adults. Do this by practicing actions like taking turns, sharing, having a meal together or going on an outing – it works regardless of your learner’s age.
Enrolling your child to a school with a holistic approach
In schools, the idea of holistic education is focusing not only on teaching the basic subjects but redefining the way a student should be taught. If you’re keen on allowing your children to learn through this method, enrolling in schools with curricula like the Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE will be a wise choice with also the benefit of competitive examinations while facilitating entry into the world’s leading universities.
CBSE gives students a powerful opportunity to apply knowledge, principles, and values to more than a single academic subject simultaneously. For instance, an English Creative Writing class can also involve an essay on ‘The Digestive System – Journey of a salad through your body’ which is fundamentally a science lesson.
Broadly speaking, kids require the freedom to be actively involved in their learning process. They need to develop their skills in the way that best suits their unique affinities. The holistic educator or parent considers the cognitive, social and emotional learning of a learner.