“By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.”
Recent research suggests that children’s interpersonal experiences have a marked effect on their cognitive development with experts discussing ‘goodness of fit’ (the compatibility of a person’s temperament with their surroundings), as a key component in helping children to develop self-esteem and achieve success.
These interpersonal experiences are underpinned by the development of emotional literacy, which is defined as the ability to understand and express feelings. Emotional literacy involves the recognition of one’s own emotions, knowing how to manage those emotions (self-regulation), and then learning about how to express them. Building on this knowledge, children also learn to recognize the emotions of others and to feel empathy for them.
All learning takes place in a social context, with learning communicated to children by the people closest to them: their parents and siblings, extended family, people in their community and their peers.
In an ideal environment, one most likely to foster healthy intellectual development, parents and teachers provide children with a range of activities and experiences that fall within their capabilities whilst supporting them with more complex tasks where they continue to require help – prompting, questioning and making adjustments where necessary – in order to facilitate mastery.
At The Educationalist, we believe in employing a holistic approach in creating environments where children feel valued, empowered and successful, offering support and guidance in terms of resources, play and learning activities.
“Be sensitive: every question, every comment, every joyful exclamation is an opportunity to communicate. Respond to the child’s present mood and feelings. Expand your child’s interests by teaching along the grain of his own curiosity…
Something exciting or interesting is almost always happening. Your lesson plan will be written for you minute by minute if you tune in with sensitive attention.”
Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature With Children