Why The Sakura Tree?
You may be wondering what a Japanese tree has to do with the theme of education. Let me explain it better. The Sakura tree is a very common tree in Japan, known worldwide for its blossoms during Spring. The Sakura flower is a true symbol of Japan, both for its beauty and for its transience. In fact, once the flowers have blossomed on the tree, they stay alive for only a few days, after which they fall to the ground creating wonderful pink carpets. The flower represents life in its purest essence; therefore, for us, the Sakura flower represents an individual’s childhood: a period that goes from the birth of a newborn to the age of seven (according to Rudolf Steiner and other holistic thinkers). It is during these years that a child’s personality is formed and built. The first three years of a child’s education are especially fundamental for the correct development of the child’s character and personality (as Maria Montessori claimed in her pedagogy).
Like the Sakura flower, a child’s infancy does not last forever. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking otherwise. The rapid physical and psychological growth of our little bundles of joy proves it every day. We, therefore, do cultivate love and choose a conscious education that, harmoniously, develops the personality of our children, so they will become integrated and responsible adults. We don’t want to wait for the 🌸 to fade, but we do serve the spirit of the child from its birth and, indeed I would say, from the first months of the mother’s pregnancy. We have to remember that the child is the only true builder of man; thus, if we aspire to a better humanity, we must start from ourselves and from the child.
The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn.
It is obvious that knowledge of human nature has to be the basis for a teacher’s work.
The child is the builder of man.
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts"
"The soulful learning seeks to restore a balance between our outer and inner lives"
"People in different countries and in different domains are awakening to a sense of the sacred and to the interconnectedness of life"
"Everyone knows that it requires much more time and patience to teach a child how to eat, wash, and clothe himself than it does to feed, bathe, and clothe him by oneself"
"Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life"
"We claim that an individual is disciplined when he is the master of himself and when he can, as a consequence, control himself when he must follow a rule of life"
“Infants need to believe that they are loved because of who they are. We need sensitive caregivers who can communicate that.”
“If we want to perceive the nature of the evolving human being, we must begin by considering hidden human nature as such”
“Our task is to introduce an education that focuses on the whole person - body, soul, and spirit - and these three principles will become known and recognized.”
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The Sakura Tree was born to share, on a global level, our greatest passion: education, the true science of man. We want to both inspire and be inspired by the global community and by people from all walks of life, nationalities, and educational levels.
Holism can be defined as the practice of interconnectedness between our inner self, our body and our mind, as well as the aesthetic sense of beauty inside and outside each of us. Any one of us can be a holistic educator and many of us are, perhaps even without consciously realising it.