Holistic Education

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~ What IS Holistic Education and how is it different from other ways of teaching and learning? ~

Holistic education is designed to look at a student as a whole, instead of simply academically. Living Learning’s holistic education program is designed to bring out the best performance in every child by considering social, emotional, physiological, and academic aspects.

Throughout the years, John Dewey, Abraham Maslow, and Carl Jung have contributed to holistic education. However, even with the writings and teachings of great researchers, defining and effectively utilizing holistic education in the classroom has been a challenge. In most schools, a student’s success is measured solely by academic performance. An easy way to understand the purpose of our educational program is to consider Aristotle’s words, “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” In relation to our work, this simply means that all emotional, social, and physical abilities are considered in our mission and throughout our programs.

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LIVING LEARNING

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Goals of holistic education include attention to experiential learning and the significance of relationships and human values within a community and the environment.

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“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-directions, and self-initiated learning.” – Carl Rogers

Experiential Learning

Learning through reflection on doing. Creating knowledge from meaningful experiences.

 Children develop skills, knowledge, and values through direct experiences that take place outside of a traditional academic setting.

 Through adventures, come new skills.

The greatest classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky. Margaret McMillan (1925)

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A Mentoring Mentality

duo snowAt Living Learning we nurture nature connected communities through mentoring and experiential development.

Mentoring aids in the development of individual confidence and leadership skills. Children are then excited to take on new challenges and begin new adventures both as a group and on their own.

Values

Mentors provide a strong foundation where core values are shaped in a peaceful, anxiety-free environment. These values include purpose, compassion, and integrity. Students who learn these values have a better sense of self and in turn, approach the world with confidence. A combination of educational techniques and a strong understanding of pedagogy provides an exceptional and meaningful education unlike any other.

Participative Culture & Community Building

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Holistic education uses community as the foundation for its approach to lifelong learning. Our belief is that children, adults, and community members should be working together as stewards for the health of all people and our natural world.

Glorious PLAY. Across all cultures, it is impossible to separate the triad of play, learning, and development.

Research shows that PLAY is a main factor in shaping the structural design of the brain as well as building and enhancing neurological pathways.

Positive effects of PLAY

  • Pretend scenarios help our brains learn how to work through frustrations, challenges, and fears.
  • Play includes mental, physical, and verbal engagement.
  • Active play helps develop fine and gross motor skills.
  • Builds communication and problem solving skills.
  • Play is process oriented learning, deepening the understanding of cause and effect and how a difference in process can effect the results.
  • Play results in an increase in self motivation and in turn, creates a lifelong learner!

Mindful Learning

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The world is a fascinating place. Mindful learning increases mental flexibility, self reliance, and personal growth. Modeling and guiding learners towards mindful practices helps to form strong neurological pathways that can last a lifetime. 

AND THE BIG QUESTION…

How do students who participate in holistic education programs perform in later stages of life?

Statistics show that “students educated in non-traditional education programs, specifically holistic and alternative education programs…consistently outperform students educated through traditional educational institutions in interpersonal skills, motivation, engagement, and both academic and professional achievement”.

Is this the kind of future you’d like to see for your self or your family?

Longitudinal studies on holistic education show that the “experience of wholeness [learned though holistic education] leads to openness, intimacy, and collaboration”. (Albano, 2006).


Jennifer Hotchkiss, Founder and Director of Living Learning, LLC

Living Learning, LLC was created in order to help individuals, families, and communities integrate quality education that is both developmentally appropriate and sustainable. Jennifer has been educating children and families in various capacities for over 20 years. She holds a Master of the Arts in Teaching degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Systems, both from Quinnipiac University. With over 15 of those years including experience in outdoor and alternative education, she has observed the insurmountable advantages of simultaneously educating the multidemensions of a person. As a parent, educator, and mentor in both public and alternative school settings, Jennifer continues to be inspired to help families learn, grow, and thrive. Years of experience facilitating leadership and teambuilding trainings as a CT Experiential Educator, enable Jennifer to create and deliver unique, high quality programs that both nurture and empower participants. Living Learning LLC is dedicated to providing various modes of support to families and communities in order to encourage positive changes through personal and social growth. We strive to bring to light the most accurate findings regarding human development and work to support best practices in education.


OTHER SERVICES

Yoga & Mindfulness

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At this time, distance and in-person yoga, mindfulness, and guided meditation sessions are available for all ages, individuals, educational organizations, sports teams, and corporate groups (for example: office yoga & relaxation techniques).

See our “current programs & events” page for more information!


ASK ABOUT SCHEDULING A YOGA ADVENTURE OR GUIDED NATURE WALK FOR YOUR CHILD’S NEXT BIRTHDAY!


Educator Mentoring

Help with integrating holistic education pedagogy into established curriculum and baseline curriculum writing for pre-k through grade six


Homeschool Groups

Although much of our tribe is comprised of homeschooled children from different areas, we also provide educational programs for established homeschool groups. Topics include various elements of outdoor education, environmental education, primitive skills for children, nature connection, as well as traditional pre-K through elementary subjects


Teambuilding and Leadership Experiences

Development and facilitation of school and corporate orientation programs, individualized/tailored group programs, and programs specifically for sports teams


LIVING LEARNING EDUCATION 2020