Shanley Schaefer is an Early Childhood Educator & Creator of the Heart Matters Academy.
Shanley has a passion for working with young children and a social interest in children's social and emotional development. She believes educating the heart is just as important as educating the mind. Childhood is critical for setting down the essential emotional habits that will govern our children's lives.
"It's with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" The Little Prince
Heart Matters is a heart-centered social and emotional learning programme for children from ages 5 to 8 years. It's a weekly progressive programme offered as an extracurricular activity at schools across Cape Town for the duration of a full school year. It focuses on promoting positive behaviour as well as reducing anti-social behaviour.
Children are guided through the programme through role plays, games, sensory activities and worksheets. Both teachers and parents are included in this programme through regular updates and talks to offer an understanding what is covered and how the program can be applied at home. Through the Heart Matters programme, young children are equipped to:
- Recognise, communicate and manage their emotions
- Demonstrate kindness and empathy for others
- Establish and maintain positive relationships
- Make responsible decisions & understand consequences