Life Project follows a Holistic Education model which is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds meaning, identity, and purpose in life through connections to the community, the natural world, and humanitarian values such as compassion and peace.
Education should be the art of cultivating moral, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the developing child.
Unfortunately, most educational models focus solely on the mind. Holistic Education philosophy teaches to the mind, body, and spirit and recognizes humans as a complex collection of all three equally important parts.
A holistic way of thinking seeks to encompass and integrate multiple layers of meaning and experience rather than defining human possibilities narrowly.
Every child is more than a future employee; every person’s intelligence and abilities are far more complex than his or her scores on standardized tests.
Holistic education aims to foster an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. This is done, not through an academic “curriculum” that condenses the world into instructional packages, but through direct engagement with the environment.
Holistic education nurtures a sense of wonder.
There are many paths of learning and the holistic educator values them all; what is appropriate for some children and adults, in some situations, in some historical and social contexts, may not be best for others.
The art of holistic education lies in its responsiveness to the diverse learning styles and needs of evolving human beings.
By fostering collaboration rather than competition in classrooms, teachers help young people feel connected. By using real-life experiences, current events, the dramatic arts and other lively sources of knowledge in place of textbook information, teachers can kindle the love of learning.
By encouraging reflection and questioning rather than passive memorization of “facts,” teachers keep alive the “flame of intelligence” that is so much more than abstract problem-solving skills. By accommodating differences and refusing to label children, for example, as “learning disabled” or “hyperactive,” teachers bring out the unique gifts contained within each child’s spirit.
Life Project is founded on these principles to nurture, foster, and promote a love for learning, the natural environment, and to enhance the authentic uniqueness of each child.