HomeschoolNYC Newsletter
Celebrating Child-led LearningVol. V, issue 1
February, 2014   
It's been a snowy winter in New York City.  The quiet magic of snowfall transforms our world into silver white, giving us extra days off to sit inside with a cup of hot cocoa. This is the time to reflect on your child's well being, and also on your own.  What interests of your own have you put aside or postponed in order to focus on home, work, and family?  Learn something new!  Take the Spanish course or knit the scarf or schedule the flute lessons... for yourself!   Educating the whole child means sharing what you love, and also being a living example of learning in order to follow your heart and feed your soul.
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Quote by Anatole France
Holistic learning

It is ridiculous to think that a teacher or parent can educate just a part of the child, but that is the traditional approach, with each subject taught separately, relying solely on books, pen and paper. I hesitate to use terms like Holistic Education or Whole Child, because these terms are embraced by educational businesses (such as tutoring agencies), and by the Common Core Curriculum, both examples of non-holistic education. The "whole child" view implies that the whole child is influenced by everything, and interacts with everything, with the whole world. In turn, the whole world is interacting with the child. Our children are aware of far more than they can express, and they are learning all the time. ...CONTINUED...

READ MORE about the Big Crowd Project, Reggio Emilia, and teaching every age.

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whole family celebrate the wonder of winter.
Click here to learn how to make miniature Olympic winter games, paper snowflakes, download printable finger puppets, paper circus animals, and more!

Quote by Anatole France

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening  

the natural curiosity of young minds  

for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards;

and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome  

only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy."  


~~ Anatole France (1844-1924), French poet, journalist,  novelist,   

recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature


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