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What’s Empathy-Centered Learning and Why Is It So Important for Young Children?

While most parents have a strong focus on helping their children secure top grades, they don’t pay the same attention to skill-building. As your children attend school, they should benefit from strong academic growth, personal enrichment, and social development. The latter are only possible when students are taught specific soft skills.

At Cambridge Home School, we prioritise empathy-centric learning. As one of the most essential soft skills, empathy goes a long way in helping children build meaningful connections, recognise their feelings and emotions, and become compassionate, thoughtful learners.

Students become more cognisant of their involvement in society and develop greater respect and admiration for their teachers, peers, parents, family, and friends. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the importance of empathy-centric learning for young children. Continue reading.

1. Acceptance

The empathy-driven teaching model focuses on helping students understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. Intersectionality is a big part of empathy. Children are taught that their peers have unique experiences owing to their gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, etc. These experience alter their perception of the world and alter the way the world perceives them.

Students are taught to be cognisant of these overlapping elements as they interact with their peers. Our MA/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers plan activities, games, and quizzes to help students understand the importance of accepting, valuing, respecting, and admiring their peers. Differences are carefully understood, not mocked. This approach helps reduce the risk of in-class bullying.

2. Self-Awareness

We strongly believe that empathetic students are more self-aware. Since they develop a deeper understanding of societal issues, they also become deeply aware of their own feelings, emotions, and experiences.

Students become a lot more perceptive, confident, and emotionally intelligent. They practice mindfulness and steer clear of self-judgment. As a result, they perform exceptionally well in school. They strive for academic success while allowing themselves to build strong social connections and explore their personal interests.

As students become older, they understand how to advocate for themselves and others, especially oppressed and marginalised groups in society.

3. Holistic Learning

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At Cambridge Home School, we use the holistic education model. Instead of solely doubling down on academic success, we also focus on other facets of a student’s life: social growth, personal development, emotional progression, ethical and moral maturing, athletic improvement, intellectual sharpening, and so on.

Using the empathy-driven teaching model helps us focus on each of these metrics. Our students become well-rounded individuals who have enriching life experiences. They also value the importance of equity.

Recommended Read: 6 Online Teaching Strategies Employed at Cambridge Home School

At Cambridge Home School, we utilise the empathy-centered learning model to help children become self-aware, confident, self-assured, compassionate, and respectful learners.

We provide a quality British online education across four homeschooling programs UK: Primary Prep/Key Stage 2 (ages 8 to 10), Lower School/Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 13), Upper School/IGCSEs (ages 14 to 16), and Sixth Form/AS & A-Levels (ages 17 to 19).

By focusing on student mental health and academic success, we help our students secure top grades and enjoy a healthy school-life balance. Our programs are also open to students living in Europe (including Western Russia), Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.