High/Scope: Educating children for life
Active learning, complete with hands-on experiences is the driving force behind the HighScope method. Students are encouraged to choose what materials they would like to use and teachers are in place to support and guide. For example, if a child is showing an interest in the solar system, a HighScope teacher may encourage him or her to build a model of the planets. Through a version of scaffolding, children are encouraged by their teacher to take the next step in learning. The HighScope Curriculum integrates social-emotional learning content with other academic areas and gives children daily opportunities to practice skills such as emotional self-regulation and problem-solving. Teachers further support social development by helping children learn how to resolve interpersonal conflicts. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. By making plans and following through on their intentions, children are taking the first step in the learning process and constructing their own knowledge through interactions with the world around them. In the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, learning is focused on the following eight content areas: * Approaches to Learning * Social and Emotional Development * Physical Development and Health * Language, Literacy, and Communication * Mathematics * Creative Arts * Science and Technology * Social Studies High/Scope engages in the following activities: * Develops curricula (instructional programs, professional development programs, and assessment instruments) * Trains teachers, caregivers, and youth workers * Conducts research in education and interprets and publishes what it discovers * Publicly supports programs and policies that benefit children and youth * Publishes educational books, videotapes, and other materials Course Objectives * Provide teachers with a child development “filter” for observing and choosing appropriate interactions and activities * Help teachers interpret what young children say and do along a developmental continuum * Enable teachers to maintain reasonable expectations for young children * Reinforce children’s play as the primary mechanism for learning * Allow teachers to be more knowledgeable and intentional in their daily planning for individual children and the class Course Programme DAY 1 * Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city * Brief Description Of The Program: What is the High/Scope Curriculum? * How does the High/Scope approach differ from other early childhood programs? * The Key Developmental indicators (KDIs) DAY 2 * Course introduction * Preschool Curriculum Content * Approaches to Learning * What are High/Scope’s goals for young children? * Social and Emotional Development DAY 3 * What happens each day in a High/Scope classroom? * Creating Meaningful Lesson Plans * Physical Development and Health * Language, Literacy, and Communication * Mathematics * Science and technology * Creative Arts DAY 4 * History * Social Studies * Decision making * Community roles * How to Support Active Learners During Work Time DAY 5 * How does High/Scope help children learn how to resolve conflicts? * Bringing Active Learning Home: Workshops for Preschool Parents * The learning environment in High/Scope programs * Setting Up the Preschool Classroom - The programme can be designed according to the participant profile and group needs. - For groups of 5 teachers or more, we adapt the course content and approach to the training needs of your educational center and offer personalized training programme.