One Love, One Heart Program!
The One Love, One Heart (OLOH) curriculum consists of social emotional learning experiences for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years old. It is primarily focused on serving children with the special need of growing up in poverty and all the adversities and impact it has on their social and emotional well being.
The program uses MUSIC, MOVEMENT, and MINDFULNESS as its source of implementing meaningful experiences that capture the attention and boost the retaining of various important SEL skills to young children.
OLOH aligns with the CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Competencies:
Self Awareness- Understanding our emotions and thoughts, and how they influence our actions
Self Management- Managing one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
Social Awareness- Understanding the perspectives of and empathizing with others, including those from diverse backgrounds.
Relationship Skills-Establishing and maintaining healthy, supportive relationships and effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals/groups.
Responsible Decision-making- Making caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.
OLOH is a 12-week interactive program and each facilitator conducts each session within the preschool classroom. The children spend the majority of their time within the classroom and these spaces provide a sense of comfort and familiarity which enhances the learning process.
The OLOH facilitator comes into the classroom and gathers the children on their group carpet with their drum and begins each class with songs and live percussion instrumentation. Each facilitator is a teaching artist and has previous experience with engaging young children with song, dance, and activities. The drum is played at every class because it is at the root of most indigenous cultures and is used as a teaching tool to enhance group participation, listening skills, following directions, etc.
Each classroom visit allows children to recall previous songs/fingerplays and movements from the week(s) before, introduce new songs and mindful experiences, and allows the children to play various instruments. Each class leaves room for the encouragement of children to lead by making song requests or asking for something to be done multiple times (repetition is age appropriate).