A method of teaching flows from its undergirding philosophy. The philosophy of The Good Curriculum is mostly supported by current science of the brain and learning. Those who embrace the philosophy stated below and actively use the principles in their practice, achieve the best results.
1. Learning best takes place when the physical, mental and spiritual are considered.
Man is made up of three parts – a physical body, a mind, and a spiritual dimension – which make him a whole person. The best learning program will consider the whole person. Students learning The Good Curriculum (TGC) must have correct posture (physical). The method of teaching and the exercises are designed to stimulate and challenge mental development (mental). We encourage high standards and the pursuit of excellence (spiritual).
2. Learning brings satisfaction and pleasure when one’s best effort is applied.
If the student puts in the effort, he will experience good results, which brings satisfaction. TGC encourages students to put in his best effort by helping him to see the long-term effects of such efforts. Learning the phonograms will help him to read. Being able to read and write English will open the student up to many books which are full of knowledge.
3. Learning takes place through our senses. Using as many of these as possible will aid the learning process.
We are born with five senses. All learning must initially take place through the senses. The brain processes what we experience through the senses and links it up with other understanding which has already been lodged in the memory. If a person receives the same information through more than one sense, the understanding of that information will be stronger. TGC uses every available sense to impart and consolidate information. This gives the student added opportunity to develop those senses in which he is weaker.
Next week, we will be talking about the next (3) points.
4. Learning best takes place when it has meaning and purpose.
5. Learning best takes place when new concepts are built upon what is already known.
6. Learning takes place through the challenge to think analytically.
The Good Curriculum is a comprehensive video-based, self-taught, self-paced, reading-intensive, writing-intensive, systematic online K-12 curriculum.