Who we are and what we do
Who we are and what we do
Harvest Lane is a Foreign Language Educational Program which provides a holistic approach to teaching, by considering the five basic senses (Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Touching and Tasting) as pillars for our education platform.

Harvest Lane is a fun, well thought-out, and creative educational program for children of ages 3.5 - 12 to learn and surround themselves with the English* language in a natural way.

Immersed in a multicultural environment, with Native Foreign Language teachers and proven educational activities, your child will be in a friendly and enriching environment, learning through his natural senses about the world around him and creating new things with his/her own resources.

Our class activities are divided into two main groups (Exploratory Workshops and Creative Studios) according to main developmental learning capabilities. Within these groups, a hands-on experience of the foreign language is taught through different activities in our four main programs: "5 Senses Lab", Performing Arts, Reading / Jolly Phonics and Art Studio. In each of these groups, all our activities surround Sensorial, Academic, Practical Life and Multicultural events.

*We will be providing other Languages such as Spanish, German, and French, among others.
Program and Course Description
Program and Course Description
Exploratory Workshops
Exploratory Workshops
This block of activities are aimed for children within ages 3.5 – 6.5, and involve activities which are destined for little explorers who first become aware of their natural and innate resources: their senses.

Activities within this categorical group surround:
  • Arts and Crafts and Medium Exploration (Fine Motor Skills Development) –in our Art Studio;
  • Role Playing (Perception, Personification and Empathy), Singing & Dancing basics (Physical and Spatial Awareness and Coordination) and Basic Musical Beats* (for sound and Auditory Exploration), - in our Performing Arts;
  • Feeling & Tasting Testing corner (for sensorial awareness and exploration) - in our 5 Senses Lab
  • Object-description games (vocabulary learning and enhancement), and Jolly Phonics Tool (Synthetic Phonics approach to achieve basic Reading and Writing skills) - in our Reading / Jolly Phonics

*Once a month and upon request, special Music master classes are held.
Creative Studios
Creative Studios
This group category holds a more complex array of activities destined for a more advanced developmental level of ages 7 – 12.

Within this field of work, activities surrounding our four programs, are more complex and refined according to group:

  • Art techniques and Mixed media (learning about different techniques and medias), Art-Recycle (recycling with art), Painting and Drawing - in our Art Studio
  • Music, Singing and Choreography, with possible live performance presentations – in our Performing Arts.
  • Communication & Poetry (Grammar and Poetry learning), Literacy (through synthetic phonics, this multi-sensory method is applied) – in our Reading /Jolly Phonics
  • 5 Senses Testing Trays/Boxes, and Science-fair projects (with possible presentation days) – in 5 Senses Lab.
"5 Senses Lab": the objective of this course is to promote sensorial awareness and recognition of our 5 senses and therefore incorporate the language in a natural and organic way. Since sensorial learning is proven to be most effective in learning and retaining information, we use these creative and fun activities to invite children to explore and create with our 5 senses. Activities involve obtaining hands on experience with different testing trays, creating experiments and science-fair like projects. Kids not only love this, but also learn in a fun way.

Performing Arts: the objective of this course is to involve kids to develop different kinds of performing skills (whether it's basic social and communication skills or acting skills), physical and spatial awareness, musical and dancing talents. These activities involve creativity, imagination, confidence, stage-comfort, and presentation skills.

Reading / Jolly Phonics: this is fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven specific groups and the sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible. Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing.

Art Studio: the objective of this course is to introduce the aesthetics of art at different levels. Not only does it provide the resources to develop and improve art skills but also art appreciation. Ranging from more traditional art classes to more out-of-the-ordinary ones, children will not only learn about different art techniques and mediums, but also embark on different art projects with what is learned. In this art space, creativity has no limit and a new way of looking at art will always be discovered.
Our base theory. Learning language through the senses. Scientific facts
Our base theory. Learning language through the senses. Scientific facts
We are born with two essential skills in life: our reflexes and our senses.

This means that initially, children learn about their world though their senses and create relationships with our environment; certain smells, touch, taste, sight, and hearing.

The outside world shapes our development, from the moment we are born, through experiences that we have and it is through our sensory experiences that we develop much of our brain in the early years.

At Harvest Lane, we believe that young children learn best when they are given the opportunity to explore their environment utilizing their senses.

Some scientific facts:
  • Studies have shown that we rely heavily on our senses to process information when learning.
  • Engaging more than one sense when teaching a certain subject has been proven to help information processing.
  • Using multiple senses allows more cognitive connections and associations to be made with a concept. This means it is more easily accessible to students as there are more ways the information can be triggered and retrieved from their cognitive learning center.
  • Exploring knowledge through the senses at such a young age, has proven to enrich the perception and reception of the surroundings of such young individuals, as well as increase their emotional engagement and attention - directly linked to memory retention and the capacity to associate concepts (Developing and Cultivating Skills Through Sensory Play).
  • Some of the top world-wide academic institutions have started re-structuring their educational programs around the senses (Sensing Our Five Senses).

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