What is the “Whole Child”?
The phrases “Whole Child Education” and “developing the whole child” are used often in the world of education. We use these phrases often at Building Kidz. But exactly is the “whole child”? One of the main catch-phrases for whole child learning is that every child should be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged (wholechildeducation.org). Providing an environment for children that allows them these benefits is crucial in developing the social, emotional, and academic sides of every child.
Another website describing where whole child education is comes from educatethewholechild.org. It lists five types of learning that should be provided to a child regularly, if not daily. These five are:
- An intellectual activity
- A creative activity
- Physical activity
- Handwork activity (making something)
- Community activity
According to this definition of Whole Child learning, incorporating these five types of learning into an educational routine is extremely beneficial. By doing so, children receive an education that develops all aspects of their lives.
The Whole Child at Building Kidz
At Building Kidz, our creative philosophy is specifically designed to develop the Whole Child. we do this by focusing on six key elements of development: emotional, social, cognitive, physical, communication, and academic. Through study and experience, we have found that our proprietary curriculum significantly increases the development of these key areas. The reason for this is that our proprietary curriculum incorporates the five types of learning discussed above.
At our developmental centers that educate children by integrating academics and performing arts, children are provided a unique and engaging combination of creativity and academics. Their intellectual side is engaged as they learn their academics through a performing arts lens. This means that dance, theater, and music are used to help children understand ideas on multiple levels. And, ultimately, the deeper they understand an idea, the longer it will stay with them as they move in to elementary school and beyond.