The Hearts Leap program goals are based in Anti-Bias and Emergent curriculum, built using Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and expanded using the wide array of Funds of Knowledge from our families and teachers.
At Hearts Leap, we believe that learning is a life-long process that is best fostered through the natural course of play. It is through play that various aspects of the child's development come together and that the child organizes experience and gives meaning to his or her world. Play involves opportunity to explore, create, invent, hypothesize, test and discover. The challenge at Hearts Leap is to build upon the child's innate desire to learn. We provide an environment for growth in which children are encouraged to learn about the world through their senses, feelings and minds. Hearts Leap teachers guide children's development through the environment they create, the information they provide, the questions they ask, the planning they do and the behavior they model.
Hearts Leap is fully committed to diverse representation in its staffing and in its population of families. At Hearts Leap we endorse and utilize an Anti-Bias Curriculum plan, which helps children develop respect for differences as well as similarities. Anti-Bias Curriculum is designed to engage children in an active process of the exploration of self, others and our relationships to one another. Children are engaged in an ongoing, active dialogue and are taught respect for divergent thinking, varying cultures, lifestyles and differences among each other.
We strive to help your child achieve many goals throughout their years at Hearts Leap and we work with parents to reinforce progress. Some goals are often accomplished during their first year at Hearts Leap, while others become a focus later in their preschool career.
Our first goal is always to have fun and enjoy learning in a safe and friendly environment!
- To show interest in their surrounding environment, classroom, neighborhood, etc.
- To focus on and follow through with a task
- To learn problem-solving skills and decision-making strategies
- To explore personal creativity and self-expression
- To develop numeracy and literacy skills
- To become curious and excited to learn new things
- To develop empathy and understanding of others' feelings
- To respond appropriately to peers' and adults' body language and facial expressions
- To learn how to participate and cooperate within both large and small groups
- To show respect, kindness and understanding towards others
- To understand and accept classroom limits
- To become increasingly self-sufficient and independent
- To develop a strong and positive self-image and self-awareness
- To develop confidence in social interactions with other children
- To develop emotional awareness and appropriate coping strategies
- To develop negotiation skills
- To create positive relationships with peers and adults
- To develop patience and self-control
- To continue to develop large muscle coordination, control and strength through activities such as yoga, gymnastics, and yard play (running, climbing, digging, jumping, etc.)
- To increase endurance and strength
- To develop and improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through activities such as puzzles, painting, drawing, cutting, lacing, beading, etc.
- To use language to resolve conflict
- To use language to express needs, opinions and ideas
- To understand and follow multi-step directions/tasks
- To use pretend-play, conversation, reading books and communal eating times to encourage children to use their imagination and promote discussion
- To build vocabulary through the study of various topics
- To promote letter and letter sound recognition