Learning Occurs in Many Ways!
At Happy Hearts we truly believe that learning occurs in many ways. One part of our curriculum that children look forward to each month is the new theme selected and all the activities that support that theme. Our curriculum is designed to challenge each individual child according to their age.
Additionally, our 3's and Pre-K programs include daily computer classes, a daily Spanish learning session, gymnastics and dancing once a week!
Moreover, we've partnered with "Music for Life" to offer a music class and an evening Piano class once a week, for all age groups.
Our curriculum consists of six thoughtfully-planned programs for children 6 weeks old to school age. Click on the program names below to learn more about each:
Infants - 6 weeks to 15 months
Our infant program supports a child’s needs to be nurtured and loved by caring teachers in a clean and secure environment. Our focus is a child’s safety, maintaining a regular routine for feeding and sleeping. We encourage play, however, due to the child’s tender age, such activities are individualized. We try our best to keep the infant on a set daily schedule to simplify parent’s life and to have the child make the most of his/her day.
Typical day for a Caterpillar
Toddlers - 16 months to early 2's
Our toddlers and early twos are busy little people with many new things to explore. Our aim is to channel their energy to help them grow, learn and mature. Throughout the day our teachers work on a wide range of activities focused on learning through play. To fulfill the inquisitive mind of this age group, we incorporate the five senses, music and movement into their daily lessons. During this exciting time children have an amazing amount of energy as well as an extreme eagerness to try new things. Our lesson plans encourage confidence, social interaction, curiosity, and communication skills. We provide our toddlers with age- appropriate materials to explore, absorb, and learn - to each child’s own capacity.
Typical day for a Ladybug
Twos - mid-2's to Early-3's
Our late twos/early threes are proud little people who are motivated and have an uncanny desire to learn. The curriculum focuses on developing the building blocks of literacy and math. Along with literacy and math our Bumble Beesalso spend their days learning about their senses and enjoying music. Our teachers work closely with each child to develop his or her verbal skills, focusing on speaking and listening. Our goal is to improve each child’s line of communication, which will help them learn more about the world around them. Enrichments for this classroom include a Music and Movement class - as well as a computer program, Bits ‘N Bytes for children 3+. The classroom atmosphere in our Bumble Bee classroom, as well as the personal attention provided by our teachers, makes learning an easy and exciting process.
Typical day for a Bumble Bee
Threes - mid-3's to early-4's
Our late threes/early fours work with a variety of materials in order to further their knowledge of their surroundings. They are taught basic knowledge of the alphabet and numbers to lay the foundation for reading skills and primary math- of utmost importance in our technology-driven society. Specific programs are designed to ready your child for the next level of learning. The Dragonflies actively participate in hands-on activities,including: Math, Literacy, Science, Art, & Music on a daily basis. They also participate in weekly enrichments such as Bits-N-Bytes computer classes and Music & Movement through the Starz program.
Typical day for a Dragonfly
Pre K - mid-4's to early-5's
Our Pre-K children (children eligible for Kindergarten the following year) benefit from a very well-rounded theme-based curriculum - including a literacy, craft and a math or science activity daily. Our pre-kindergarteners also sing songs and enjoy sensory activities on a daily basis. Your childrenparticipate in weekly enrichments such as Bits-N-Bytes computer classes and Music & Movement through the Starz program.
Typical day for a Grasshopper
Our entire curriculum promotes literacy, math, science, social interaction, music & movement, art, gross motor skills and sensory activities.
Our Caterpillars and Ladybugs enjoy our in-house curriculum designed specifically for them by our teachers.
Our Bumble Bees (2's), Dragonflies (3's) and Grasshoppers (4's) enjoy the Pinnacle® Learning Curriculum Designed specifically for each age group. Pinnacle® is a research-based early childhood curriculum, designed with both teachers and students in mind. Visit Pinnacle® Program’s website to learn more.
Happy Hearts Children's Center
2730 Centreville Road,
Herndon, VA 20171
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