It is the goal of Hearts & Hands to provide each child with a well rounded day by including the following:
Phonics – The center uses the Alpha Friends Phonics system. Each child has an academic development plan and the teacher supplements the curriculum with workbooks and early reading books.
Math – The Saxon Math Program is used in conjunction with other workbooks to supplement what each child needs for growth.
Homework – Children 2 to 3½ years are encouraged to have their parents read to them nightly to help with their reading readiness and listening skills. Children 3½ years to Pre-K receive homework nightly to help instill a positive learning habit. In order to promote self-confidence, the worksheets contain materials previously learned so that the children are able to demonstrate that knowledge to their parents. Though this work can be fun for them, it is not required and children should not be forced to do the work.
Children are encouraged to engage in group play. To facilitate this, each preschool has a large room area where children interact with each other during large group time. Each teacher assists children with their problem solving skills, as appropriate, maximizing opportunities for positive social development in each and every child.
Workshops and conferences are scheduled throughout the year to help educate our parents on topics of interest to them.
Healthy play is an active component your child’s physical development. We take pride in our spacious outside play areas and encourage children to climb, jump, run and ride bikes. In addition to free play, our teachers include structured outside games and activities in order to help children develop large motor skills.
Children are taught the Bible in an age-appropriate way, through songs, stories, and prayer, all coordinated to promote heathy spiritual development. Our Bible curriculum is published by Lifeway Christian Resources.
Teachers carefully observe the children and when necessary step in to assist the children if conflicts arise. Each child is taught how to use their words successfully and how to listen to others. We teach each child how to use their words, not their hands, when solving problems. When children learn to respond positively as problems and conflict arise, their emotional development is encouraged.
Imaginative and Creative Development
Creative learning centers are set up in the large rooms, outside areas and in each classroom to help each child imagine, explore and create. Children are allowed to pretend and be creative throughout the day. Each day finds children playing house, in a workplace setting, at church, being a firefighter, delivering mail, teaching school, etc.
In order to promote a sense of self-confidence, Hearts & Hands believes it is very important for children to learn that they are capable of doing things for themselves. Children are encouraged to help their parents bring in their belongings each day. During class, children are responsible for taking care of their classroom supplies, help open their lunches, take off/put on their sweaters or jackets and take care of their sleeping supplies.
Each class has a specific schedule to fit the specific needs of each age group. Every staff member carefully designs the schedule to ensure that children receive a well-rounded learning experience every day.