Our approach to education

Maria Montessori: “Help the person feel part of the wholeness of the universe, and learning will naturally be enchanted and inviting”.”[1]

 

UNESCO sees “the holistic development of a child as a process of self-actualization and learning that combines an individual’s mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth[2]. As The Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations puts it, “Holistic approaches to teaching and learning recognize the connectedness of mind, body and spirit. When early childhood educators take a holistic approach they pay attention to children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning… They recognize the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning…  An integrated, holistic approach to teaching and learning also focuses on connections to the natural world. Educators foster children’s capacity to understand and respect the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land”[3].

 

The old system of treating subjects as separate chunks of knowledge cannot work anymore. We don’t slice the reality or break it into different pieces. We show the world in its unity, through direct engagement with the environment, where music is based on math, art is inseparable from history, history from geography, biology from chemistry etc. The world is a symphony; learn to recognize the contribution of each instrument (and to play them yourself!) but don’t forget to appreciate the music. That also means that the educators are a part of an orchestra and should work together closer, than ever before.

 

Our projects

We are now working on a project of a kindergarten in Wurzburg, Germany (link to the Facebook page). Our portfolio includes a photography and cinema school in Riga (Latvia), project of an international British boarding school in Jurmala (Latvia), an art school and gallery in Istanbul (Turkey), as well as international start-ups consultancy and educational research projects.

[1] Miller R. “Path of Learning – Educating the Child’s “Inner Power”, 2006, http://www.raiselearning.com.au/blogs/news/5818384-exploring-holistic-approaches-for-early-childhood-educators, retrieved on the 1st of February, 2017.

[2] UNESCO “An Integrated Approach to Early Childhood Education and Care – Early Childhood and Family Policy Series n°3”, 2002.

[3] The Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009.