The Whole-Child

 

The term ‘whole-child’ refers to a perspective.  It is the lens through which I design and craft the Little Lotus musical interventions.

 

First of all, I believe in the unprecedented importance of early childhood experiences.  Neurologically speaking, the brain of children, 0-3, is overflowing with activity.  Your child has more synapses (connector between two nerve cells, how information is passed throughout the brain) in their brain then you do.  Wow.  As we grow and broaden our interaction with the world, our brains decide which synapses are important and which are not.  Those that aren’t disappear; those that are become major thoroughfares informing how and what a person thinks.

I say why not? 

Why not build a class that considers confidence, courage, joy, acceptance and compassion as skills that a child can practice and observe?  And you, my dear caregiver, are the central figure in this paradigm!  And all it takes is intention.        

So, the whole-child…I am thinking about emotions: how to work through them, how to enjoy, how to express.  I am thinking about behavior: how to participate, how to contribute, how to be patient.  I am thinking about social skills: how to process new environments, new people, new sensory input.  Personality. Self-esteemCuriositySuccess. Challenge...

WOAH. I got excited. But it is all true. And the beautiful part is that we are just making music. And it is so fun and so easy. And all of those goals I spoke of are woven seamlessly into the music. You do not have to think about it. But now you can be aware of it. 

Photos of Jack Wullschleger, Nantucket MA cerca 2014

Photos of Jack Wullschleger, Nantucket MA cerca 2014

Source: http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3...