The Happy Hearts experience in action

The love of learning starts here at Happy Hearts!

Our program is child-centered, designed to be different from any traditional school concept. The child is guided to make his/her own decisions. Led by his/her own passion, interest and innate ability to learn, s/he chooses his/her own work within a framework and structure set by the teacher.

The benefit of this Montessori method is that children learn independently, absorbing lessons at their own pace, and therefore not be stressed or bored. S/he will emerge with a set of skills – social, emotional and academic – while, more importantly, knowing how to function within a group.

Your child has extraordinary powers of mind; s/he possesses a once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information and concepts from his/her surroundings, like a sponge. The classroom, for children between the ages of two and a half to six, is designed to meet the needs of your child in this crucial phase of his/her life. 

Assessment is not based upon test scores and grades, which reflect a limited aspect of intellectual ability and progress. Our Rubrics and our comments are created after in-depth continuous observation and analysis. Each child is approached as an individual, and comparisons of children with each other in terms of academic progress, grade scores, etc. are discouraged.

You won’t see a Montessori teacher standing in front of the classroom writing on a chalkboard, but rather down at your child’s level, engaged with her or a small group.

A wide variety of beautiful, hands-on learning materials and exercises help children learn

There are many different kinds of exercises that help the self-educating child unconsciously extract the abstract idea of the concept from the concrete impression of the material.

Practical life exercises in Montessori are designed to help the child gain a sense of order, to develop coordination and concentration, and to foster independence. Since the child takes in information and understands the world through his/her senses, Sensorial development becomes the foundation for the development of intellect. Sensorial experiences in Montessori appeal to the five senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and sound.

The Montessori approach to mathematics is logical, clear and effective. The whole math experience is kinaesthetic and visual. Children learn concepts though natural progressionLanguage development spans all areas of the classroom and is alive with movement. In the Montessori classroom, children learn through phonics as well as sight–reading through flashcards in the classroom.  Environmental studies are presented to the children in enriching and exciting ways. The objective is to increase their awareness of our environment and their positive contribution to it.

Art is an important form of self-expression. It develops hand-eye coordination, imagination, individuality and aesthetic appreciation. Various art activities hone the creative skills of the child at Happy Hearts. The Montessori philosophy brings together music, dance and song. An early appreciation of music and movement contributes to the overall development of the child. Drama is a useful way to develop social skills and build self-esteem, and is integrated into our daily activities. Through cultural activities like 'grace and courtesy' exercises, we teach children how to solve conflicts, how to act politely in various situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.

With the ever-changing landscape of education, digital technology and interactive presentation techniques are providing learning tools and opportunities never before imagined. All children have access to age-appropriate software at Happy Hearts.

Morning assemblies are subtle but provide powerful life skill learning opportunities. Children learn a lot of values and gain a lot of knowledge too. We request parents to make sure to reach their children in time to attend the morning assembly. Our other special days are Sports Day, Annual Day, and field trips which the students look forward to.

Because the learning is individualised, your child can work at his/her own pace while participating in a mixed-age classroom community. Younger children benefit from example, and learn from the activities of the older children, while each older child gains the self-confidence that comes with responsibility and leadership.

The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless.