WHOLE CHILD LEARNING
The curriculum in a NHE school addresses the whole development of a child. We work to develop all aspects of a child’s personality including physical health, practical skills, moral integrity and strength, emotional balance, socio- ecological awareness and responsibility, intellectual knowledge, creative expression, intuition and spiritual understanding.
VALUES AND UNIVERSAL LOVE
The curriculum nurtures universal love for the entire created world and transmits ethical values through all disciplines. Neo-humanist Education fosters respect for all, regardless of culture, religion, race or nationality. This love and respect is extended to animals and plants and the earth’s ecosystems. Children learn these principles through lessons and through their relationships with students and with teachers as well as through the practice of meditation.
YOGA AND MEDITATION
Yoga and Meditation are practiced daily at the beginning of the day. Yoga exercises help children stretch and relax promoting flexibility and health. Meditation helps to calm and concentrate the mind and still the body, freeing the mind from both internal and external distractions, as the children peacefully center themselves for the busy day ahead. It also develops the children’s imaginative and intuitional capacities and fosters a feeling of universal love for the oneness of all of creation.
METHODS AND APPLIED LEARNING
Top priority is given to creating and sustaining the love of learning. The teaching approach is guided by the child’s natural thirst for knowledge and aims to create life long learners who are capable of applying their knowledge in practical life for the welfare of all. A balance between individual and group instruction is employed. By providing a rich environment and a variety of educational choices, we help children direct, develop and expand their own interests and unique talents and address their multiple capabilities or intelligences. We emphasize, “learning by doing,” integrating “hands on” activities into real life experiences. Young children, learn best through the medium of games and play. We help sustain their ability to imagine, play, and visualize in many of our activities. In all grades, the arts are central to the learning process as aesthetics provide a joyous momentum for learning and life. Critical thinking is encouraged and freedom from dogmatic or narrow ideas is fostered. Care is taken to create an ideal learning environment.
An affectionate and respectful relationship between teachers and students is considered key in the free and easy exchange of ideas, optimizing learning. Teachers are role models for children and therefore above all they should be of high moral character and disciplined, embracing the principles of Neo-humanism in their own personal life.
Very young children are guided towards maximizing their full potential – physical, intellectual, emotional, social, creative, intuitive, spiritual – through play, art, stories, songs, and a wide variety of interactions. Teachers support children in establishing a firm foundation for a meaningful life with the development of pro-social skills such as cooperation, sharing, generosity, and equanimity. Considerable emphasis is given to nurturing the concepts of kindness to self, kindness to others, and kindness to the created world. Through the study of nature and our numerous interrelationships, children begin to become aware of the intricacies of the laws of cause and effect.