The most important goal of our Kindergarten & Preschool program is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help the children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We are teaching them how to learn.
At Hearts & Minds, we use a method of programming that is responsive to each individual child’s needs, and based on a thorough understanding of young children and their stages of development.
The process begins with teachers observing children each week, recording their observations under a specific developmental area (i.e. social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language).
Although programmed for an individual child’s needs, it is also beneficial for the whole group, and all the children have an opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences.
At the end of the week, the teacher will evaluate the objectives that were set, and record their findings. This information is then used in conjunction with the following week’s planning. The program planning cycle then begins again.
Please note that these developmental records are available for discussion with parents.
The activities we plan for children, the way we organise the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily routine, and talk with the children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
In addition the above Kindergarten program, our children are provided with extra-curricular activities including yoga, drama, planting vegetables and learning about their natural environment. We also have classes provided by professionals such as music, and French.