Description: EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND CORE PRINCIPLES... Holistic education aims to nurture and develop the varied and interrelated capacities of the human being. Thus, while it addresses the intellectual development, it is equally concerned with the childs development as a physical, emotional, artistic, social, moral, and spiritual being. It aims to create a person who is well-rounded and in a broad sense healthy; a human being who has developed each aspect of his or her humanity. - Ron Miller, Founder A holistic approach recognizes the interconnected nature of a childs learning and development. It is an integrative approach and its highest goal is the cultivation of relationships between and within the learner and their world meaningful relationships between self and society, humanity and nature, intellect and emotion, adult and child, history and the present, and so on. What does holistic education at Bellwether look like? What are the principles that support the Bellwether philosophy? What is it about what we do and how we do it that brings everything together and results in compassionate, curious, responsible young children? We feel it can be boiled down to three words: Engage, Inquire, Emerge. These three words are at the heart of our every moment and interaction at Bellwether. It is how we think about Explore choices and workshop concepts. We find chances for all of us to ENGAGE with the world, INQUIRE about new experiences and learning, and EMERGE with deep understanding and connection. Looking at learning with these three words in mind allows us to approach our daily lives in the classrooms with a sense of investment and opportunity. Our principles: a. We support and are responsive to each childs whole development including intellectual, social, emotional, artistic, physical, and spiritual development. b. We draw forth the intrinsic motivation of each child so that learning becomes an interactive process that values imagination, creativity and joy. c. We encourage members of our learning community to understand, honor, and respect diversity and to pursue this in their actions. d. Our teachers build relationships, allow students to construct their own learning, and foster the inquiry and critical thinking skills that inspire a childs connection to his/her world. e. We teach children to honor the rights of the individual and embrace responsibility to community. f. We develop in children an understanding of how to live harmoniously with the environment both now and over time To learn more about our philosophy and how we put these Holistic Education principles into practice, see our website or ask a staff member.
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