(W)holistic Learning

“Information must be wholistically learned before it can be memorized and retained.”
Remembering Chinese Characters: a case study in computer-aided spaced repetition rehearsal has much more information about learning at this pdf
The Montessori classroom uses a wholistic type of learning as well.
Learning only happens when you have an overview and introduction for what you are learning. For example, preschool children can learn the sounds of the alphabet because they know how to talk. It would impossible to teach letter sounds to an infant who does not understand language.
Another example is music. How can children learn to play an instrument or learn music theory if they have never heard music or sang songs? Preparing children for learning takes into account the purpose of learning and providing a whole approach.

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