In considering curriculum using a holistic approach, we must address the question of what children need to learn. Since holistic education seeks to educate the whole person, there are some key factors that are essential to this type of education.

First, children need to learn about themselves. This involves learning self-respect and self esteem.

Second, children need to learn about relationships. In learning about their relationships with others, there is a focus on social “literacy” (learning to see social influence) and emotional “literacy” (one’s own self in relation to others).

Third, children need to learn about resilience. This entails overcoming difficulties, facing challenges and learning how to ensure long-term success.

Fourth, children need to learn about aesthetics – This encourages the student to see the beauty of what is around them and learn to have awe in life.

Students at Samarth School are exposed to a rich variety of learning materials and experiences that relate to the students’ interests and needs.  Students are free to choose to participate in offered activities and are supported in creating their own.  Teachers maintain a balance between teacher-led activities and joining in student-led activities

The school facilitates the development of social, physical and cognitive abilities.  Because students are free to move about as they like and interact with other students, our environment provides an ideal setting for holistic development.  With a solid emotional foundation and well-developed social skills, students are in an ideal state to grow academically.

The mornings are spent selecting their own activities from the many choices or creating their own games. The entire school is a classroom, particularly the playground, which might have a science experiment going on in one area and geography lesson or ball game in another. Though the teacher is following the child, she will maintain the adult perspective and provide appropriate guidance to ensure the children’s safety and happiness. The teachers are responsible for a carefully prepared environment with fun and stimulating activities that bring the syllabus alive. The curriculum is presented in innovative ways, with weekly themes, and special events that are interdisciplinary and multi-sensory.

As the children structure their own school day, they learn to make decisions and solve problems from an early age and to develop inner discipline. As they participate in their own and the others education, they rely on one another for learning and discernment. As they observe the teachers handling different situations, they learn how to resolve conflicts and develop tolerance and compassion.

The result is a school that is alive with happy children with an all-round development. The low teacher student ratio (1:4) helps each child to connect with the teachers optimally.

Samarth School puts into practice principles we can all observe:

  1. Children are natural learners.
  2. The Child learns in an integrated way
  3. Every child learns in his or her own way.
  4. Relationship is the foundation for development