Shepherd of the Valley Preschool
1723 PARK LAWN RD
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA 91745
As parents, we all want to do everything we can to help our children be successful in school and in life. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how to help them because we hear so much conflicting information about how children learn.
What is HighScope?
HighScope Curriculum was initially developed in the late 1960's to integrate all aspects of young children's development. HighScope revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the HighScope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process - called "active participatory learning" - to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. It not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning, but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity and problem solving - the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.
The classrooms are divided into interest areas stocked with a stimulating range of materials designed for specific types of play, for example, house area, art area, block area, etc. Materials are arranged in consistent places and the shelves are tagged with child-friendly labels so that children can get out and put away materials themselves. The classroom's organization also helps children understand how the world is organized, and concepts like more, less, same, different, large, small, in, out, in front of, etc.
Active Learning is the central element of the HighScope curriculum by which children learn through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children's interests and choices are at the heart of the HighScope program. Children construct their own knowledge through interactions with the people and things around them. Learning is facilitated by teachers who understand child development and how to scaffold learning.
Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs)
This curriculum is divided into 8 content areas: approaches to learning; language, literacy, and communication; social and emotional development; physical development and health; mathematics; science and technology; social studies; and creative arts. Within these content areas are 58 key developmental indicators. The KDIs are "key" because they are essential to a
child's construction of knowledge. They are "indicators" because they represent the achievement of early childhood milestones. Together, the KDIs are statements of observable behavior that define the important learning areas for young children. They describe what young children do, how they perceive their world, and the kinds of experiences that are important for their development. The KDIs guide teachers as they plan, assess learning experiences, and interact with children to support their learning.
In HighScope programs there is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. This Daily Routine (or schedule) is a predictable sequence of events which provides consistency and predictability for both children and adults. It enables children to anticipate what happens next and gives them a great deal of control over what they do during each part of their day.
During the day children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles. The most import segment of the daily is the plan-do-review sequence in which children make choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon their activities with adults and other children.