Secrets of the Heart® is an arts-based social emotional program for 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.
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, is aligned with the Common Core Standards for language and National Core Standards. 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®
The program is designed for four classrooms, two workshops per week, with up to 30 students per class, and can be expanded to include additional classrooms.
At the end of culmination, children and families join in a procession to the kindergarten yard. There, with song and ceremony, they dedicate the Friendship Tree, a live tree that was on stage as part of the opening performance.
The Secrets of the Heart culmination is a celebration of the arts and the principles that the children have learned over a six-week period. We plant the school Friendship Tree with the wishes 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 make a new wish for their future.