Happy Hollow Children's Center

Daily Programs

Morning Meeting:  
Discuss daily events and plans, favorite songs, calendar, math skills, cooperative and sight word lists, counting, patterns, and theme discussions.

Language and Reading Development:
Intensive phonetics instruction and language development through direct instruction, stories, poems, and phonetic awareness activities.

Literature based activities: 

Read quality literature and do activities that extend the concepts in the story such as retelling the stories in a variety of ways, acting a story out, making patterned books from the story, nature studies, art activities, etc.


Enhance oral language, build comprehension skills, increase vocabulary, correlate the reading and writing process, build question and answer skills, provide a print rich environment.

Spalding Program: 

Explicit phonetic instruction teaching the sound symbol relationship through a multi-sensory approach that includes seeing, saying, hearing, and writing. Correct letter formation is taught. By the end of the school year, children will be able to read and write correctly spelled sentences and paragraphs with excellent handwriting skills.


Students learn phonemic rules for manipulating and writing language.  Students work on highlighting systematic patterns of sounds, correct and inventive spelling, manipulating sounds in words, recognizing words and breaking them apart into smaller units, learning the relationship between sounds and letters and building vocabulary skills.


Encourage interest and develop competence in writing and spelling.

Learning Center Time:

Centers include: Manipulatives and Games, Blocks, Creative Arts, Science/Discovery Center, Sensory Table, Writing Center , Computers, Dramatic Play, Library, Audio Listening, and Math.


 Provide opportunities for experimenting, problem solving, making choices, creativity, developing social skills, role-playing, initiating activities, and practicing skills learned.

Hands-on Math, Science, and Art Activities:
Individual and group activities focus on specific math concepts, introduce, and model independent activities as well as review math concepts.

Bridges math manipulatives, visuals and cooperative games are open-ended activities that use concrete materials which enable students to apply and extend learned math concepts.

Bridges in Mathematics further establishes math concepts through their hands on.

Math concepts include patterning, sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, writing numerals correctly, number sets, beginning addition, subtraction, representing the physical world and space with positional language, measurements and shape descriptions, indentify and count money.


 A time to work on special projects, experiments, etc., related to our literature, language arts, geography, science, math, art, ceramic pottery, gardening or conservation/environmental themes.

Outside Play Time and gardening:
We are located in a wooded setting next to Kennedy Park . We have a greenhouse and a large organic garden plot for the students to learn about and develop respect for the environment. From planting seeds to harvesting and cooking exotic vegetables, children expand their knowledge and connection to the world around them in real concrete ways. We think learning in nature's classroom donned in clothing appropriate for sunshine, rain, sleet or snow, students are afforded the opportunity to follow their natural curiosities and to learn more about the mysteries of nature along side of the academic pathway.

We believe that students learn best by being actively engaged in creating their own knowledge within an enriching academic and socially responsible environment.

Happy Hollow provides an environment that offers students the resources and time to explore, experiment, and engage in constructivist learning at its best. We utilize the best research and materials to guide our curriculum choices in relation to language arts, literacy, math, science, social science, creative arts, movement and music. Teachers use direct instruction, guided instruction, role playing, role modeling and free play exploration within a child-centered learning environment that accommodates, challenges and respects the varied abilities, developmental levels, interests and learning styles of all young learners. Multi-sensory instruction, both in small group and individual settings, accommodates all learning styles while direct instruction provides students with many opportunities to learn how to follow instructions and challenge their attention span. We believe that within this enriched and creative environment students have the opportunity to gain self confidence, experiment with and practice academic skill sets, practice social responsibility and respect, and develop to their full potential as important members of their community.

Our program encompasses  all the standard goals and objectives from Oregon's Common Core State Standards in all subject areas. Teachers utilize student portfolios that gather picture/sample work related information to compile daily assessment information in relation to student development towards subject areas and state standards.  Two parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled each year to provide an overview of individual assessment information. The literacy, language arts, math, science, social science, geography and art curriculum is literature-based meaning teachers use specific books to teach interesting ideas that tie all subject areas together into a more complete knowledge base. In addition, direct instruction is used to teach phonetics using the Spalding method, which is a multi-sensory intensive, phonetic based, integrated language arts method recommended in Becoming a Nation of Readers.  Math skills are presented using Bridges in Mathematics, which uses extensive visual models, interactive games, literacy and manipulatives to provide a constructivist approach to teaching mathematical concepts and computational skills. Students learn to use numbers to represent quantities, solve qualitative problems, describe their physical world, use geometrical ideas and language, and test spatial reasoning. Developed by the Math Learning Center, an Oregon Nonprofit, and funded by the National Science Foundation, this engaging and interesting multi-sensory approach to math helps students master both essential skills and mathematical concepts. Students learn how to solve a wide range of math problems in real world situations and foster students' interest and enjoyment of all things mathematical!


We offer an outstanding kindergarten program for young learners at Happy Hollow:

  • Our class size is limited to 15 children.
  • We offer students an option of attending half or full day along with before and after school hours.
  • Students receive individual teacher attention with a focus on constructivist and multi-sensory learning in a variety of small group settings and group sizes.
  • Students receive a strong foundation in Language Arts, Science, Social Science, Math, Creative Arts, Music, Gardening, Conservation and Sign Language.
  • Children receive a strong foundation in Phonetics, Science and Math
  • Enrichment classes in Organic Gardening are offered every year.