Holistic education is an approach that focuses on developing and balancing the academics and social needs of students. Challenging the current environment and directing the children into achieving their utmost intellectual capability acts as a catalyst in physical, mental and social skills evolution. The educators seek to fulfill the academic requirements of the students, and they exercise a unique way of teaching which in all promotes and adds to a child’s success. They try to engage all aspects of their learning experience and cater to the changing environment to enhance the children’s mind, body, and spirit. Through this educational approach, the positive emphasis leads to a positive environment and atmosphere in schools, highlighting matured thinking capability and positive social behaviours in students.
How well does this go with children?
Holistic education is effective for young children because it encompasses the broad child mindset and exclusively promotes learning goals. It focuses on cognitive development, which incorporates significant positive changes to the mind, body, spirit, behaviour, and social interaction. A good example could be if a child shows excitement for building things. A holistic educator might guide and motivate that child to various activities involving using toy blocks to design and assemble a structure, building sandcastles, or reading books about builders. There have been instances where Holistic educators also click pictures of things the child has created and have shared them with the child’s family to indirectly involve parents in supporting the child’s interest.
How can Holistic Education Benefit Learners
- Improved Academic Achievement
Holistic education can improve the academic achievements of all children, regardless of background and circumstances, by catering to individual learning styles and providing a supportive learning environment. The Learning Policy Institute has also stated that Child’s brain capacities are increased when they feel physically and emotionally safe and connected to others.
- Enhanced Mental and Emotional Well-Being:
In a supportive environment, where social and emotional learning is emphasized along with academics, students have a better chance of emerging with self-awareness, confidence, and a sense of social responsibility, thereby creating a proper balance.
- Increased Problem-Solving Ability:
Students who are tasked with solving real-world problems that exist in their communities emerge with critical-thinking solid skills. These hands-on projects give students skills that are used further in their adult careers, thereby answering their needs of – how to gather, how to analyze critically, how to report and interpret data and how to collaborate with others.
- Reduced Impact of Inequities
By emphasizing integrated learning concepts, the whole-child approach to education has been shown to reduce the psychological impact of issues such as violence, abuse, or poverty on academic achievement, according to the Learning Policy Institute.
To Wrap it Up
Our physical appearance can be a gift from god, but personality is something we create. Through its interactive ability, UJLearn acquires the intrinsic quality in the child and gives shape to the child’s mental and social development. The incantation cast by UJ’s holistic educators reforms a bolder, smarter personality from your raw self. The UJ educators reflect on reforming academic values and making learning fun. It not only stimulates children’s growth but also opens a doorway for a child’s bright future.