Learn more about how our Common Core Standards can address and better support our kids.
Too often we compartmentalize our emotional health from every other facet, which is where implementing the whole child approach to education is beneficial and crucial to our earliest learners.
At Community Education Research Group, it’s important for us to embrace the whole child and promote learning academically and socially. Join us in today’s post as we take a closer look at what embodies the whole child approach to education.
What is The Whole Child Approach?
The whole child approach to education is just that, centered on every part of the child and not just their academic success. It reaches beyond traditional methods to shine a light on other areas such as family engagement, socio-emotional wellness, and critical thinking.
Why does Common Core Standards embrace the whole child?
What has been observed, apart from the Common Core Standards, is that a disservice is happening to kids in the educational system and their learning experience underprepares, undereducates, and undermotivates them when it comes to living life as an adult and seeking a career path or getting a college education.
Each student walks away with their own experiences, but in some situations, you have students who feel unsafe, not challenged, or not supported.
In other situations, where the students are supported and the school has little bullying, holding higher expectations can leave students unprepared for the real world and real life experiences.
This is why focusing on the whole child model is critical in early education.
So, how can we support our little learners?
Cultivate healthy relationships amongst the staff, families, and students.
Suffice it to say the educational system can be rough, and leave many graduates feeling jaded about their experiences. The factory model of education that has been used since the 1900s is all about getting kids through the system and depersonalizing learning — it’s asking kids to memorize rather than engage in their world.
When you foster strong relationships with everyone involved — parent/caregiver, teacher, and student — it forms a strong foundation where the student feels safe, thus empowers them to thrive.
Empower students by providing them the opportunity to govern their own learning.
One of the major reasons kids drop out of high school is because they’re not in a stimulating environment.
Education — even early education — needs to be engaging, and this is where teachers and staff come into play. Allow kids to discover what they’re interested in, whether it’s relevant or not, kids are still learning.
It’s taking a simple math concept and teaching them how it applies to other areas of their lives. Math is seen in art and cooking, so if a student isn’t a natural math lover, it may help pique their interest if you can connect it to something else.
It’s important to foster the whole child — to not only spur them on academically but in their social interactions.
There is much more to explore on the whole child concept, so stay tuned for part two!