January 17, 2019 | By The Modern Tot Staff
5 Reasons Children Thrive With High Scope
At The Modern Tot, we work to give your child the education that fits their unique style of learning. The High Scope Curriculum was designed from the belief that children learn best when they actively participate in the learning process through direct experience with people, objects, events, and ideas as they discover the world around them.
1. Personalized learning
Young children approach learning in different ways, each bringing a unique set of attitudes, habits, and preferences to their interactions and explorations. Approaches to learning are the foundation that affects how children learn in every other content area. By understanding how to support this area of early development, adults can foster children’s creativity, curiosity, confidence, independence, and initiative as they carry out their intentions, solve problems, and engage in a variety of learning experiences.
2. Social & Emotional Development
The HighScope approach gives adults the tools they need to help children develop strong and positive relationships with adults and peers. The social skills children develop in HighScope programs contribute to their readiness for school and their ability to meet a variety of challenges throughout their lives. Creating a warm and nurturing environment in preschool not only helps children form trusting relationships with others but also promotes learning in all areas.
3. Physical Development & Health
Preschoolers are physically active, and although children grow and develop on their own, they need the support of adults who teach intentionally to develop physical abilities and healthy habits to the fullest extent possible. Learning personal care skills and acquiring habits that foster lifelong health is an important part of this curriculum and children’s physical actions can also be used as a gateway to learning in other curriculum areas.
4. Language, Literacy, & Communication
Learning to read and write is a developmental process that begins at birth and builds on children’s basic need to communicate. In HighScope classrooms, children develop literacy skills by engaging in meaningful language and literacy experiences through a combination of child-initiated learning and intentional teacher guidance.
5. Science, Technology, & Mathematics
Young children are experimenters and testers from birth. If we observe young children as they explore their world, we will see them using science processes such as observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions and communicating their ideas to others. We call these processes the preschool scientific method because they are the early forms of
abilities adult scientists use.
More than 40 years of research has proven that the HighScope Curriculum advances the development of children and helps them to build lifelong skills that positively impact their future success. National research conducted with children from different backgrounds has shown that those who attend HighScope programs score higher on measures of development than similar children enrolled in other preschool and child care programs.