Secrets of the Heart® is an arts-based social emotional literacy program for Universal Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. It is the foundational program in a sequence of first, second and third grade programs that take children on a journey of discovering the arts and the gifts that live within each of them. As children learn the “secrets” of their hearts and incorporate the themes into their daily lives, they understand how these enduring understandings help them navigate life in our changing world. Since 2020 we are delivering this program digitally and it is available with on-campus support in Los Angeles County Schools.
The curriculum inspires children to learn at a critical time in their early years. As they learn how to work together, play together, respect each other and solve problems, they also learn about the diverse world in which they live. Learners of all levels become more academically, socially and personally successful by exploring their aspirations and dreams for the future. Programs are designed to have a positive impact on the entire school community and maximize learning whether children are on or off campus. The curriculum is based upon the Visual and Performing Arts Standards (VAPA) for the State of California, and is aligned with the Common Core and National Core Standards for language. Through student-centered programs and workshops for teachers and parents, the arts experiences focus on helping children develop a feeling of self-worth, belonging and purpose.
Secrets of the Heart®
Secrets of the Heart TV digital curriculum is available in 27, 15 or 8 week lengths for UTK – K (Series I) and 1st & 2nd grade (Series II) any school with an internet capability. sothtv.org
The Secrets of the Heart TV on-campus program assigns a professional artist to support the 27 or 15 week digital curriculum with monthly visits. This requires a minimum of three classes with up to 30 students per class. (Los Angeles County Schools only)
At the end of culmination, schools may opt to dedicate a Friendship Tree where children and families join in a procession to the school yard and conduct a ceremony, they dedicate the Friendship Tree, a live tree that represents part of the opening performance.
The Secrets of the Heart culmination is a celebration of the arts, world culture and the universal principles that the children have learned over a 27, 15 or 8 week period. Schools have an option to plant a live Friendship Tree where wishes are hung that were placed on the tree in our beginning performance. A place where children can come to read, to talk, to resolve their differences and to create new wishes for their future.