I run a group called holistic homeschoolers. Right now, it is only for local members who live in the Treasure Valley area. This is a place for me to build a community where we can cultivate friendships with other families who want to nurture the whole child.
The focus of this blog is whole-child living, parenting, and educating.
So, I think it is important to define what holistic means within both communities.
For the next 30 days, I will be posting a blog entry every day related to the idea of raising a whole child.
Today’s post will focus on defining holistic. Here are a few definitions I found online:
“characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.”
“relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts”
“relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts”
As I have outlined elsewhere on this blog, the institutional education system is flawed in that the approach is to segment the development of the mind from the other parts of the child.
Here at Chaos for Kisses, my goal is to nurture the whole child–head, hands, heart, home, and health.
With this in mind, “holistic,” as it relates to education is the process of considering a child’s development within the system of nurturing the whole child.
What does that look like?
- offering healthy, well-rounded meals
- offering opportunities to connect deeply with people, places, and things that inspire our children
- offering activites that nurture a number of senses and systems within the child
- offering an environment and structure that lends itself to growth and connection of the whole child
- offering intentional and deliberate experiences that build the child up rather than introduce negative or unhealthy influences
Does this mean I live my life 100% holistically all the time?
This is a journey for me as it is for you.
But, I do strive to do my best.
I am intentional.
So, my challenge to you is simple:
Can you intentionally consider how each part of your day is affecting your whole child?
Is it inspiring, encouraging, and empowering your child?
If not, is it something you can work to eliminate or improve to positively impact your child?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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