The High/Scope educational approach is based on the belief that young children build or construct their knowledge of the world – they are ‘active learners.’ This means learning is not simply a process of adults giving information to children. Rather, children discover things through direct experience with people, objects, events, and ideas. They learn best from pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults.
Our Daily Plans are based on the High/Scope approach of segmenting different kinds of interactions throughout the day – a time for small groups, a time for large group activities, a time for independent exploration, etc.
We share the High/Scope concept of predictability – consistently scheduling activities so that children will know what will happen next, giving them more confidence, comfort and sense of control.
A key component of the High/Scope approach is the plan-do-review sequence. Children first plan what materials they want to work with, what they want to do, and whom they want to do it with (this can be done formally or informally in small groups). Once they have made a plan, however vague, of what they want to do, they can go and do it. Then, after this chosen work time, the children discuss what they did and whether it was the same as, or different from, what they had planned.
The High/Scope approach is suitable for all age groups, from infants right up to Pre-school. We operate the High/Scope approach in all of our rooms.
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