High/Scope emphasizes the process of active learning. This approach to early childhood education encourages children to initiate their own learning experiences with the guidance of supportive adults. Through daily planning and evaluation sessions, adults create the environment for the children's emerging abilities by organizing the environment and establishing a consistent daily routine; establishing a supportive social climate; encouraging children's intentional activities, problem solving, and verbal reflections; planning small-and-large group learning experiences; and interpreting children's actions in terms of the preschool years.
High/Scope INFANT-TODDLER Curriculum Components
The Infant-Toddler Curriculum is the infant-toddler component of High/Scope's complete, research-based system of early childhood education and care. Components include:
- Proven teaching practices to support children's growth and learning
- Content areas for infants and toddlers (ages 0–3)
- Assessment tools to evaluate and plan for children's learning and measure program quality
- A training model to help caregivers implement the program effectively
Active learning, building trusting relationships and the continuity of care are the principles that the High/Scope Infant-Toddler Curriculum is based on. It is the principle that children learn best through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. During this active learning process, infants and toddlers are encouraged to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Learning and development are anchored by long-term, trusting relationships with caregivers, who are close at hand to support the children as they play. Adults guide further learning as they interact with children throughout the day.
High/Scope PRESCHOOL Curriculum Components
The preschool component of the High/Scope Curriculum includes:
- A set of teaching practices for adult-child interaction, arranging the classroom and materials, and planning the daily routine
- Curriculum content areas for 3- to 5-year-olds
- Assessment tools to measure teaching behaviors and child progress
- A training model to help teachers implement the curriculum effectively
The High/Scope Preschool Curriculum believes that active learning — whether planned by adults or initiated by children — is the central element as they work as partners in the learning process. Children learn through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Classrooms are arranged with discrete, well-equipped interest areas. Each day children engage in a consistent routine that consists of time for children to plan, carry out and reflect on their own learning, as well as time to engage in small and large group activities. Trained early childhood teachers who understand child development and how to bridge the important areas of learning in the preschool years offer guidance and support.