Breathing Life into Learning

If we really want to breathe more ‘life’ into ‘learning’ — children must be involved in purposeful, real world & hands on use of information. That requires us as teachers to be more open to adaptation, changes in thinking & letting go of outcomes. We have all the ideas in our heads but it’s not our turn, it’s theirs. To give birth to a creative teaching approach we should spend time developing experiences…

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The cultural or individual decision of when to start school? Is the ‘whole’ child ready?

It’s something we get asked so often & we stand with so many parents in making this decision. People’s careers & lifestyles have changed so much. Our access to knowledge as humans is no longer scarce. The world needs more creativity & innovation — & LOVE. The research says one thing & the norms say another... So when is it right for my child to go to school???

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I Am Human - An Interview With Holistic Author Susan Verde

At Whole Beings we are always on the hunt for holistic books that teach beautiful messages to the children we teach both in-studio & online. Susan Verde’s words truly resonate with us & we fell in love with I Am Peace - A Book of Mindfulness last year. Susan has our hearts once again with the launch of her latest book I Am Human - A Book of Empathy. We believe concepts such as compassion, empathy & connectedness - are best taught to children through forms of holistic storytelling.

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Why Did We Create a Board? A Closer Look at our New Mindfulness Product.

Over many years we developed different ways of teaching mindfulness. First we introduced mindfulness as just words & thoughts — slowly finding that the children liked using something tangible to represent the practice. We started using crystals, gems, flowers, stones, nature, shakers, jars, bowls & whatever else presented itself in our daily routines. We realised that mindful teaching opportunities were literally everywhere & even the children came to us with ideas for our next ‘gratitude circle’. Seriously... it was such an organic evolution that unfolded right before our eyes.

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Sustainable Family Living & Social Entrepreneurship - From The Founder Of Yuhme

We recently met for coffee with a super sweet, down to earth mother of girls who is doing amazing things in her corner. Alex & her husband Alex founded Yuhme - the world's most eco-friendly reusable water bottle, made from sugarcane. For each bottle sold they give 6 months of clean water to those without it in the Central African Republic. We have been lucky enough to have this family part of the Whole Beings community for the past few months, all the way from Sweden.

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Does Everything Need Measuring?

Most of you know where we stand with making a change to how education looks. So it sounds really nerdy, but when the founder of Alibaba group stated this at the World Economic Forum we got pretty excited!

At the forum Jack Ma stated -

'Education is a big challenge now. If we don’t change the way we teach, 30 years from now we will be in trouble. The way we teach, the things we teach our kids, are the things from the past 200 years. It is knowledge based. And we cannot teach our kids to compete with machines — they are smarter. Teachers must stop teaching knowledge. We have to teach something unique so that a machine can never catch up with us. Values, believing, independent thinking, teamwork. Everything we teach should be different from machines. If a machine can do better you need to think about it.'

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Structures, Beliefs & 'Cultural Creatives'

Which theorist do you follow? Where do you get your ideas? Why aren’t you a day care? Our version of holistic education is fluid & evolving constantly. There isn’t a catalogue, single theory or a set structure we follow — which is so liberating after many years as people existing within those structures. We chose not to be government funded so we could honour our beliefs. Today I watched a YouTube interview with @brucelipton the ever inspiring quantum physicist, who was talking about a movement of ‘cultural creatives’. Basically we can’t fix our earth with the same beliefs that started the problems our world faces — so we have to create new ones!

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Teaching Emotions. Much More Than Faces on Flash Cards

Could teaching emotions be as simple as a deck of flash cards?...It’s a common resource in an early years classroom, flash cards with happy, excited, scared, sad and angry faces on them as part of a theme on ‘emotions’. Teaching a child to identify emotions can be taught in this manner. That is totally ok. However, in our experience a child can often be confused by such a black and white teaching practice as this is just touching on what emotions really are. We once had feedback that a usually happy child had begun talking about everything that made her angry. Her mother then realised that her kindergarten was focusing on one ‘emotion’ per week. As we know all children need to learn how to identify and express their emotions in order to manage them. However, teaching a child about emotions is a MUCH deeper concept and requires gentle exposure and practices.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Afraid To let Children Be Bored

As adults a break from Instagram was a huge eye opener as to how little we allow our minds to slow down. Actually slow down. Even as someone conscious of mindfulness & slow living — I realised that I would fill a lot of the days voids & breaks scrolling or flicking between emails, apps & messages. It was purely habitual. I only truly noticed it once I had given it all up. Waiting for coffee, in a line or when you stop the car even after driving for only a little while -- what do you do — go for a scroll on Instagram to fill the blanks.

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Ending An Awe-Filled Year

‘When you’re in a state of awe, you’re in a persistent state of gratitude’. Wayne Dyer

We are in AWE of the year we have had. Seriously if someone told us what 2017 held for us last December we would have never believed them (maybe even ran away in fear)!

We are truly thankful for all we have at this present moment & what has happened to us in our biggest year yet. Our community has grown beyond belief & the holistic education movement has become real. Each & every person who attends, supports & reaches out to us, shows they believe in new thought education & that empowers us to pioneer this way of thinking. We believe in doing that our own way, a new way, I don’t even think we fully know what that means yet.. It’s intuitively driven & we too learn as we go..

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