Addressing the Whole Child
In the “Giftedness among Keresan Pueblos” study, feedback from elders on the various Keresan pueblos identified four domains of being a “successful pueblo person,” (Romero, 1994): 1) giving from the heart; 2) possessing linguistic abilities; 3) abundant cultural knowledge; 4) the notable ability to create with the hands. “Success” in the Pueblo world is the ability to learn, share, and utilize information for the benefit of the entire community. This philosophy is fundamental to our approach. KCLC also recognizes the importance of a strong academic program. Thus the Montessori Method has been chosen as the framework for educating the “whole child.” Educating the “whole child” means that we support all areas important to the successful growth of Pueblo children, including linguistic, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
Pueblo people have always recognized that each individual who enters this world has a gift to share, which is manifested through one’s contribution to the community. To assist each child in developing his or her potential gift and contribution, the classroom will consist of a prepared environment that will provide learning opportunities in the following areas: language, math, history, geography, zoology, sensorial, practical life, music, art, agriculture, grace and courtesy, peace education, and movement.