Curriculum & Enrichment Programs

L.E.A.P.® Curriculum

Did you know that 90% of a child's brain develops during the first 5 years of life?

A child's brain development during their formative years sets the stage for that child's adult intelligence, emotional stability and personality. The Learning Experience's proprietary L.E.A.P. Curriculum was developed over 30 years with your child's optimal development in mind. Today, our Learning Experience Academic Program includes sign language for infants and toddlers, a phonics program, foreign language programs, manners and etiquette, physical fitness, and a philanthropy program that teaches children the value of selflessness and giving. All programs and lessons at TLE® are designed to make learning fun! And nothing is more fun than our L.E.A.P. Interactive boards that use touch-screen technology and interactive learning games to further enhance and engage children in our L.E.A.P. Curriculum programs.

These programs, along with enrichment programs that are offered* at no additional charge, provide a well-rounded early education that has proven to get children on the path to a bright future.

We believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn. With that idea mind, the curriculum research and development team at TLE® created our proprietary L.E.A.P. (Learning Experience Academic Program) curriculum. This L.E.A.P. curriculum encourages each child to achieve success independently while developing intellectually, socially and cognitively through varied educational materials, activities and social interactions.

Our L.E.A.P. curriculum is divided into 6 stages of development where children are involved in hands-on learning activities that encourage them to explore and solve problems at their own rate of development. Our L.E.A.P. curriculum includes sign language at the earliest stage and later adds phonics, manners, physical fitness, philanthropy and a foreign language (Spanish or Chinese-Mandarin).

To learn more about these programs, please click on our Curriculum Wheel below.

* at participating centers

L.E.A.P. Curriculum Components

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Fun With Phonics®

Fun With Phonics®
 

Fun With Phonics® is an all-inclusive, phonemic-based literacy program that was specifically developed for 3 and 4 year olds to give them a life-changing skill that opens doors to new adventures and experiences.

Through interactive activities and engaging experiences, Fun With Phonics® provides a solid foundation of language concepts in a fun and exciting way that a child can build upon to become a lifelong reader and writer. Our research has shown that almost 90% of our preschoolers enter kindergarten already reading, due in large part to our Fun with Phonics® program.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy
 

At TLE®, we realize that not every parent wants their children to grow up to be scientists, doctors or lawyers, but we believe that each and every parent wants their children to grow up to be good people. With that in mind, we created our unique and proprietary philanthropy curriculum to teach children the value of selflessness and generosity with the hope that these values remain with them throughout the course of their entire lives. 

Within the philanthropy curriculum, preschoolers will learn about concepts like philanthropy, cause, and charity. The preschoolers, teachers, and parents have embraced this newest edition to the TLE® curriculum. Through the philanthropy curriculum, the children will get to meet Grace the Greyhound and Charity Chihuahua, our wonderful philanthropy mascots, who teach children that "it's not how big or small you are, it's the size of your heart that matters." With the philanthropy curriculum, our overall goal is to teach young learners that they can make a difference in the world around them.

Monthly philanthropy events are held at each center to help reinforce what it means to give, share, and donate. Some events we hold throughout the school year also tie into the monthly philanthropy curriculum (e.g. Support the Troops, Save the Animals, Food Drive, Going Green, and more).

Sign Language

Sign Language
 

At TLE®, we begin teaching children American Sign Langugage (ASL) at the Infants stage.  Children are taught how to communicate some of the most important words like 'more,' 'milk' and 'all done' via hand signs. Studies suggest that teaching babies to use signs and gestures to communicate accelerates their verbal development and allows them to outperform their peers on IQ assessments, even by as much as 12 points. Handouts of the new signs are sent home with parents at the beginning of each month so they can reinforce signing at home with their children.

 

L.E.A.P. into Spanish®

L.E.A.P. into Spanish®
 

L.E.A.P. into Spanish® serves as an introduction to the Spanish language and Spanish culture. In addition to learning basic Spanish vocabulary, children are given a play passport as they travel to various Spanish-speaking countries from inside their classroom with Tito Toro® as their guide. Parents are included in the process when our Home Connections page is sent home to assist them in being able to speak Spanish with their children at home.

"It is critical that foreign language instruction be available to all students throughout their PK-12 academic experience. Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare to live and work in a global society."
​- Martha G. Abbott, Director of Education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

L.E.A.P. into Mandarin®

L.E.A.P. into Mandarin®
 

The second in our series of foreign language programs, Mandarin Chinese, was introduced to further increase preschoolers' cultural awareness and to aid in the development of their"global brains." The Mandarin language is quickly becoming the most popular second language choice for students of all ages. All of the program's activities are completed with assistance from Ping the Panda, making learning a new language a fun and enjoyable experience. Similar to our L.E.A.P. into Spanish program, children learn different vocabulary each month along with music that engages them with the vocabulary words.

"It is critical that foreign language instruction be available to all students throughout their PK-12 academic experience. Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare to live and work in a global society."
​- Martha G. Abbott, Director of Education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Make Believe Boulevard®

TLE's Make Believe Boulevard® is a scaled down replica of Main Street, USA, complete with a general store, garage, police station, fire station, and much more. Make Believe Boulevard® takes an adult themed world and scales it down to a preschool level to give children the opportunity to help make sense of the world around them, and to develop an understanding of who they are through socio-dramatic play.

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness
 

Our curriculum not only focuses on academic endeavors, but it also provides a fundamental education on the value of a healthy lifestyle. Our resident physical fitness expert, Flexi Flamingo, invigorates the children with energy and enthusiasm as they engage in daily stretching, balancing, hopping, and twisting. Teaching young children the importance of positive food choices and participating in a regular physical fitness routine will provide your young learner with the fundamental knowledge and skills to take the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle.

Manners Matters®

Manners Matters
 

At TLE, we teach more than the ABCs and 123s. Our Manners Matters® program teaches manners and etiquette to all of our TLE® kids. According to the National Education Association (NEA), children benefit greatly from lessons in etiquette. This translates to improved social skills and increased sensitivity to others around them.  It is important for children to gain an education in manners at an early age, as they are more likely to take this sense of decorum with them into their adult lives. As children get older, it becomes more and more difficult to instill the value of manners and etiquette. Teaching our children how to be respectful and courteous is an important enhancement to our curriculum, an enhancement that other early academic institutions often overlook. With the help of Penny Polite®, children are introduced to lessons such as "Tummy to the Table" and "An Elbow Please if You Sneeze."