We will provide an opportunity for each child to foster relationships with peers and adults.Through play, we will assist each child’s progress through five stages of relationship building: cooperation and sharing; listening; problem solving; conflict resolution; and a sense of respect for self, environment and others.
Self-Expression and Communication We will provide a warm, nurturing environment that supplies the encouragement each child needs to begin to know and express oneself.We will provide opportunities and outlets for self-directed creative expression, and encourage individuality.
We will provide a safe, secure and predictable environment to help children experience many successes and build self-confidence.We will provide a warm and nurturing environment to help children validate their own feelings and respect the feelings of others.
Physical Development (Large and Small Muscle)
Large Muscle: develop balance and spatial relationships; coordination skills; confidence and skills with playground equipment; eye-hand coordination.Activities can include running, jumping, climbing, hopping, ball play, relays, obstacle course, exercises, creative movement, blocks/construction, riding toys, skipping, galloping, circle games, parachute, climbing structures, slides, and carts/wheel barrows.
Small Muscle: develop eye-hand coordination, learn to control and coordinate muscles.Activities can include cutting, pasting, painting, puzzles, stringing, pouring, play dough, dress up clothes, coloring/markers, printing/pencil skills, peg work, sewing cards, scooping, sorting, spooning, stacking, beads, dominoes, Legos.Some of our fine motor skills are developed during “Tray Time”.(Tray time offers each child the opportunity to work independently and at their own pace.Trays are designed by teachers to emphasize pre-reading, writing, math and science skills. )
We will provide an environment that fosters growth in language, math, science/sensory and problem solving at developmentally appropriate levels for each individual child.
Language/Reading Readiness: develop language skills; pre-reading and reading skills; develop and expand vocabulary; be exposed to language concepts and their application; apply pre-reading skills; be exposed to phonics; develop small muscle skills for writing.
Math Readiness: be exposed to vocabulary and concepts; develop vocabulary; understand mathematical concepts; recognize symbols and quantities; develop process skills, problem solving and thinking;
Sensory/Science: be exposed to vocabulary concepts; develop vocabulary; understanding of size, shape, color, and texture; develop awareness of one’s environment and materials around them.
Problem Solving: develop creative thinking and design of an environment which allows for exploration and experimentation, solving problems, answering “what if” questions.
Cultural Diversity Hearts & Hands Children’s Center will assist young children in growing to be respectful of self, others and the Earth.We offer the children cultural learning that avoids stereotypes and which serves to build understanding and appreciation of diversity.Diversity is not a theme or special event but rather an every day reality.
Celebrations As mentioned above, we will celebrate traditions and festivals in part to promote a cultural awareness.These celebrations are usually in connection to our theme for the week and relate to activities that are based on the customs and traditions of the holiday or festival.Hearts & Hands, Inc. does not include religious beliefs in our celebrations.