WHAT IS HOLISTIC EDUCATION?
Holistic education is concerned with the development of a person’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. Roots and Wings aims to create “whole” individuals who are well balanced in their outlook on life and their personal understanding of themselves in relation to the world.
Roots and Wings emphasizes self-knowing and honoring who you are, learning to set realistic and achievable goals, and in retrospect, regularly examining the path you have taken to achieve your goals. Holistic learning honors life experience, both achievements and road blocks, with a focus on both what went well and what didn’t go as planned. Roots and Wings believes that learning is in everything we do and self-reflection is the key to understanding yourself and becoming a happy and strong adult.
““Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person find identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning.””
— Ron Miller- Pioneer in Holistic Education
Since we are part of the Progressive Education Movement, we hold the following common values with other progressive methodologies such as Waldorf, Montessori, Sudbury Valley and Forest Schools, and Reggio Emilia Education, Stem Learning, among others.
At Roots and Wings we:
Emphasis learning by doing and providing hands on projects and oppurtunities
Design integrated curriculum focused on thematic units
Help our students learn to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
Provide regular opportunities for group work and the development of social skills
Facilitate understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge
Emphasize collaboration and cooperation rather than competition
Educate for social responsibility and democracy
Integrate community service and service learning projects in the daily curriculum
De-emphasize the use of text books in favor of varied learning resources
Create life-long learners
Assess by evaluation of children’s projects, goals and learning experiences
Help students understand and respect their learning styles
A bit of information about how we are structuring our online classes for primary students.
In response to Covid-19 and in accordance with the proposed schooling allocation as set by the
Government of Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority
Allocation-2016.pdf) we are proposing an adapted educational program so your children may
still receive an sufficient education with an educational facilitator from the safety of your home.
This program has been designed to make sure your child is reaching the suggested targets of
core disciplines so their development can continue to grow and not be hindered by this global
crisis. This program will incorporate components of both online live virtual classes with the
teacher via Zoom and non-compulsory tasks that your child will be guided to do independently
at home without the guidance of their parent/guardian(s). We have developed this schooling
from home program in response to parent/guardian(s) requiring an educator to work with their
children as we understand that home-schooling and other parent led education can be both
frustrating and overwhelming for parents who did not plan to be in this position.
Our program will run throughout the year, commencing 20/04/2020 and is developed to target
those in early primary years. We will operate following curriculums close to that of year one
and two but depending on your child’s needs this program may be suitable earlier or later. We
will have contact hours from 4:00-5:30pm, Monday to Friday Ecuadorian time via Zoom with
our Educational Facilitator who is native English speaker.
The classroom will be broken up into 5 slots:
1. 30-minute English class.
2. 10-minute class discussion how the homework task went.
3. 10-minute break to go to the bathroom, get a drink, etc.
4. 30-minute Math class.
5. 10-minute directions on how to do the next homework task.
*It should be noted we are not making the homework task compulsory but it is very much
encouraged. It will aim to be directed and explained to your child in a way that they can self-
manage this task alone without parental assistance which helps grow their independence.
These tasks also incorporate all the other core disciplines like the arts, humanities and sciences
which is extremely important in your child’s education and personal development.
We will run the program continuously all year with the exception of July and a two-week break
over Christmas and New Year’s. This program is in English so it is a great opportunity to assist
your child to become a fluent English speaker. If you have any other inquiries please let us
know, if not we hope to see you in our Roots and Wings community very soon.