The Happy Heart School

Living lifelong human care, development, education, learning and service for all.

The Happy Heart Curriculum

It is interesting that I am actually ready to publish this. It suddenly dawned upon me that a pattern language has emerged, from my last 9 years of journeying as a mom in a full inclusion exploration. So, I am ready to share.

It is an integrated solutioning and reconciliation. The classroom disappears into life. The academics are no longer as relevant as the daily doing. The meaning, more immediate, and primarily self-directed by the child. The boundaries, gently guided and nurtured. The primary work is the adult – in growing patience, knowledge about neuroscience, and largely, in growing a heart of understanding and self-control that can support the child at the most vulnerable. Gentleness and calmness are paramount. Secure adult, secure child. For the child – joy, laughter, and lots of freedom to explore, engage, express, and be known and loved for exactly who he or she is. And the most vulnerable is for the adult to be known and loved by the child for exactly who he or she is. And together, the adult and child truly relate and engage to discover and articulate the wonders of each other, and the world.

This is what we do with Keith. We create and/or enable and support him into spaces, places and communities that otherwise would not know the gift of differences, indifferences, vulnerability, tenacity of dignity and a resilience and lovingkindness beyond fathoming. We unwittingly transform exclusion into inclusion. No agenda, no advocacy, no cajoling, no manipulation. We just bring our open longing, open hope and yes, good manners. And the gift we find is heartful awakening, gentleness, patience, joy, openness, humility and a very broad perspective of what freedom can really mean in our lives. We transform judgment into non-judgment, and distances and separation into acceptance and understanding, pain into healing and renewal, sadness into celebration, and fear into love.

This has been our discovery, and we are so excited to share that inclusion is possible any where, any place, any heart, any time, if we believe it, and commit to it. Every day. Every moment. Every present. When exclusion greets you, meet it, understand it, welcome it and somehow something transforms the indifferent separation into inclusion through every door that you enter.

1.Happy Heart Home

  • Self-care
  • Chores
  • Family Bonding
  • Relaxation

2. Happy Heart School

  • Structure/Rhythm
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Interpretation & Documentation
  • Library
  • Small work group
  • Large work group


3.Happy Heart Play

  • Unstructured Play
  • Playground Friends
  • Parties
  • Movie Nights
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining

4.Happy Heart Work

  • Office Maintenance & Administration
  • Glocal Sustainability Entrepreneurship
  • Skills relevant to work dreams
  • Self-directed Mentoring
  • Legal system
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Collaborative Work

5. Happy Heart Farm

  • Rural Farm
  • Urban Farm
  • Forest Farm
  • Packing & Delivery

6. Happy Heart Forest

  • Forest Ranger
  • Urban Forestry
  • Rural Forestry
  • Wildlife Parks
  • Wildlife Reserves
  • Life on Water
  • Life on Land

7. Happy Heart City

  • Transportation
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Scootering
  • Travel
  • Maps and Navigation
  • History & Geography
  • Architecture

8. Happy Heart Studio

  • Art expressions
  • Craft making
  • Curating
  • Publishing
  • Exhibitions
  • Open studios
  • Artistic Productions

9. Happy Heart Spoken Word

  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry
  • Reading
  • Story-telling

10. Happy Heart Musical Theatre

  • Literature
  • Musical Instruments
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Vocals
  • Musical Theatre Productions
  • Props-making
  • Performance
  • Marketing
  • Ticketing


11. Happy Heart Gym

  • Trampoline
  • Core muscles


12. Happy Heart Sports

  • Team sports
  • Personal sports
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Traditional Games


13. Happy Heart Science

  • Science experiments
  • Rapid cycle prototypes
  • Recycling
  • Natural sciences


14. Happy Heart Hospitality

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Jamming
  • Dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Hosting & Maintaining a Community Space
  • Property Maintenance


Peng-Ean Khoo
The Happy Heart School
October 2, 2016

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