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 Lakeview, 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 Lakeview 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 Lakeview 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.
At Hearts Leap Lakeview, the children "travel" from one continent to another, learning to value other cultures and to enjoy the similarities and differences in the world community. They learn to respect themselves and others, and to care for our earth and all living things.
Our global approach is evident in our weekly free enrichment classes- dance and storytelling workshops; music and science sessions; and daily literature, art and foreign language exposure. We also cook and eat foods from around the world at our weekly International Cafe days.
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