The Heritage Academy’s curriculum follows the principles of The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) pedagogy and stems from neuroscience and the careful study of the affective, receptive, and strategic networks of the brain. Born in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, UDL emphasizes that every child is unique, no child is average, and each child deserves a world-class education. At Heritage, our goal is to create and empower expert life-long learners who capture the joy of learning through the age-appropriate development of meta cognition skills.
Heritage Academy的教学体系由中外专家精心设计，在参考上海课改的标准的基础上融合了美国“共同核心课程标准” (Common Core State Standards)。教学设置充分考虑到儿童每个阶段的特点，为儿童的每个阶段制定出相应的成长目标。
教学体系设计以UDL（The Universal Design for Learning）教学法为基础，并以于神经科学对大脑发展的科学研究为科学依据。UDL教学法起源于哈佛大学教育学院，该教学法强调每个孩子都是独一无二的，没有一个孩子是平庸的，每个孩子都应该接受世界级的教育。在Heritage Academy，我们的目标是培养终身学习者，他们能够充分享受学习的乐趣，我们希望通过在各个年龄阶段培养他们的发展元认知技能来达到这个目标。
LITERACY AND READING COMPREHENSION
Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading, and writing development. This relatively new understanding of early literacy development complements the current research supporting the critical role of early experiences in shaping brain development.
Children with good receptive and expressive language skills understand the nuances of language and are generally better able to tackle reading skills. Those with experience with books already understand that the written word contains information that must be decoded. Learning to read follows the natural progression of language development. Reading opens the child’s world and allows him or her to access information and ideas from around the globe. Reading can become a source of entertainment and enjoyment, but also serves as an effective means of gaining knowledge.
Reading comprehension goes beyond reading the text on the page and is an interactive process that occurs not only while a student is reading the text but afterwards, as well. It consists of the ability to make inferences from a passage and use critical thinking skills to answer questions related to the text. It involves finding meaning in the text and being able to summarize, reiterate, and apply what has been read. Successful reading comprehension requires text comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and reading fluency.
At Heritage Academy, we know that early literacy skills emerge when the right kind of stimulation is present in their environment daily; therefore, our literacy curriculum is built and scaffolded from the ground up promote quick learning, accuracy, and fluency in reading that will lead to comprehension; helping our students flourish in their future academic and professional careers. The benefits that result from well-developed comprehension skills are endless. Reading comprehension skills will help your child not only in English class but in all areas of academic study. They translate into real-world abilities and critical thinking, which are valuable skills your child needs to be successful in both academic and professional settings. Comprehension skills acquired early in life and practiced often and refined throughout grade school and high school will ensure your child’s success in the future.
Social Studies serves as a child’s first sense of community outside of the home and expands a child’s horizons beyond the school into the neighborhood and the wider world. As children learn the importance of rules and learn to get along, they make friends and participate in decision making. At Heritage Academy, our aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence, collaboration, knowledge, intellectual processes, and an appreciation for the common good.
Social Studies draws on several disciplines, including history, geography, economics, and ecology. Although these subjects sound abstract when applied to young children, Heritage Academy deals with them in concrete ways. Children will gain an understanding of personal time and be able to sequence their own history. They will obtain an awareness of nature and the importance of taking care of animals and plants in the immediate environment giving real meaning to an appreciation of ecological diversity and interdependence. Children will have experience the diversity of people and cultures, becoming aware of the roles people perform at home and the community. Social Studies inculcate higher order thinking abilities and skills like comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation and synthesis. A variety of topics give students a chance to gain appropriate information and data in various contexts. The information gained allows students to make relevant observations, identify similarities and differences, make connections between related concepts, ideas and resources. Appropriate experiences further enhance the students’ understanding about how different things and people affect their day to day lives. This knowledge can be further put to use to foster creativity, if students are asked to think about ways or come up with new solutions and policies which they think can help solve a problem.
There is a growing understanding and recognition of the power of children’s early thinking and learning as well as a belief that science may be a particularly important domain in early childhood, serving not only to build a basis for future scientific understanding but also to build important skills and attitudes for learning. Research and practice suggest that children have a much greater potential to learn than previously thought, and therefore early childhood settings should provide richer and more challenging environments for learning. In these environments, guided by skillful teachers, children’s experiences in the early years can have significant impact on their later learning. In addition, science may be a particularly important domain in early childhood, serving not only to build a basis for future scientific understanding but also to build important skills and attitudes for learning.
Science is a learning domain in which children have a natural proclivity to learn, experiment, and explore, they allow for nurturing and extending the boundaries of the learning in which children are already actively engaged. Developing and extending children’s interest is particularly important in the preschool years, and at Heritage Academic, we do it right! Covering scientific topics ranging from physical, biological, ecological, and space, our students will have their natural curiosity nurtured and will learn to love to experiment.
The years of early childhood provide a perfect opportunity to help kids develop a love for learning and especially a love for science. By providing plenty of opportunities for your children to experience things in a hands-on way, they will encourage and increase their curiosity and soon everything they encounter will become an important science investigation!
Math impacts a number of skills and abilities that we employ on a day to day basis. Having a thorough understanding of math principles helps with analytical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and more. Learning math also allows students to think outside the box, which can benefit them in endless ways throughout their life.
A great children’s math curriculum should teach much more than the “how to” of simple arithmetic. It should help kids learn fundamental math concepts and skills, such as math facts, with a complete scope and sequence. At Heritage Academy, we have just that! Our math scope and sequence was developed to meet the highest math standards in North America and Asia including Singapore and China. Furthermore, keeping the UDL principles of engagement, representation, action, and expression, we deliver these lessons in a way that peaks learner curiosity while involving all students. We teach young learners the most important fundamental math strands including number sense and operations, elementary algebra, geometry and spatial sense, comparison and measurement, data analysis, and problem solving. We do all of this in a way that is engaging, age appropriate, and fun.