We believe that each child is a special and unique individual. Sensitivity to a child’s needs in all areas including social, emotional, intellectual, and physical factors is necessary to properly serve each child’s special needs. Developmentally appropriate activities are designed for each age group to help children enjoy successful learning. We believe that patience and praise are necessary in teaching children to be happy and self-confident. Positive methods of discipline based on age-appropriate limits help the children learn how to function in acceptable ways. Our programs are designed to develop a sense of independence and responsibility and to strengthen each child’s self confidence and sense of self while instilling respect for others.
We believe in providing an environment that is safe, clean, healthy, and oriented toward children. Play and activity areas in each classroom, and on the playground area, are arranged to provide challenging play and learning choices in a range of developmental levels and are appropriate for each age group.
We believe that the key to effective teaching and learning is to make the learning experience FUN! Teachers are constantly challenged to develop lesson plans that create a fun atmosphere at the same time that learning takes place. Tenderheart uses the Creative Curriculum approach to learning. Combining teacher ingenuity and Creative Curriculum has shown to be effective in transferring knowledge to children without creating a dislike of school or learning. Making learning fun creates the love of school and learning that allows for academic excellence in a child’s later learning experiences.
We believe that parents are the most significant adults in a child’s life. Creating a mutual respect between parents and teachers is beneficial for all involved, especially the child. We encourage daily communication between parents and center staff to help create this mutual respect. Tenderheart’s director and staff welcome any information, suggestions, or ideas that may make your child’s learning experience more enjoyable. Our doors are open to parents at all times.