The Whole Child
The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education to fully prepare our children to reach their highest potential and become contributing members of society.
Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a “whole child” approach to education develops students for the challenges and opportunities of ahead of them by addressing their comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities.
At Albert Einstein Academy, we’ve changed the conversation about education. Rather than a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement, we take a holistic approach that promotes the long term development and success of our children.
In his book, Educating for Human Greatness, Lynn Stoddard surveyed parents about the qualities they felt that a quality education should develop in their children. They include: initiative, integrity, imagination, an inquiring mind, self-knowledge, interpersonal skills, and the ability to feel and recognize truth on different levels.
Drawing on the best holistic approaches and recognizing that children have multiple intelligences, there are five kinds of learning that we want each child exposed to, every day if possible. They are:
- Cognitive-intellectual activity, associated with the left brain
- Creative-intuitive activity (the arts), associated with the right brain
- Structured and unstructured physical movement and play
- Handwork, making useful things
- Engagement with nature and community.