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Wellness Wheels: Models for Homeschooling (and parenting)?

11 Dec

 

I was Googling life skills resources one day and came across some graphics which I thought were interesting.

I’m sure there are many terms for them, but one term for them was a “wellness wheel:”

 

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Another variation:

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The Wellness Wheel demonstrates how the dimensions come together to promote a more complete well-being.
When all six dimensions come together equally, the wheel is balanced. Lack of any of the six produces an unbalanced whole – this is normal!
Effort should be balanced among the dimensions in order for overall well-being to improve.

Source: http://www.sa.usf.edu/wellness/about/wheel.htm

As I looked over them, I thought, what a great model not just for life skills but for homeschooling as well. As homeschoolers, it is easy to fall into the rut of focusing heavily on the secular subjects. As can be seen from the wheel, wellness, by Allah, comes from attempting to make sure that individuals are more well balanced (not just book smart, but street smart, money smart, has adequate social skills, knowledgeable about the deen (religion) as well as the ability to apply it to life, etc).

In addition, you can take this model into your secular courses to create a more enriched learning experience as well as one which is more hands on and related to real life (as opposed to knowledge for the sake of knowledge) by incorporating activities from among the different components (add physical exercise to a math drill or create more critical thinking opportunities in math instead of just doing math problems; learn about how a particular math concept is used in a particular occupational field, show real life applications for concepts studied).

If you are interested in learning more about the wellness wheel and its components, scroll back up to the “Source” links or Google “wellness wheel.”

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2 Comments

Posted by on December 11, 2010 in Homeschool Management, Teaching Tips

 

2 responses to “Wellness Wheels: Models for Homeschooling (and parenting)?

  1. Jennifer

    December 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Love this!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

     
    • talibiddeenjr

      December 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      Me too! You are welcome.

       
 
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