Our Difference - High Scope Curriculum
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The High/Scope® Infant-Toddler Curriculum is the early component (ages 0 to 3 years) of High/Scope's complete, research-based system of education and care for the infant-toddler and preschool years. The infant-toddler approach includes a set of interaction strategies adults use to support children's growth and learning, developmental content areas for very young children, assessment tools to evaluate individual children's progress, and a training model to help adults use the approach to support children's development.
Active Learning - The curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best through "active learning" - direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Trusting relationships and continuity of care are emphasized as the anchors for development and learning. Infants and toddlers are encouraged to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Caregivers are close by to support children as they play and learn.
Center Arrangement, Materials, and Equipment - The space and materials in High/Scope® infant-toddler settings are carefully selected and arranged to promote children's active learning, safety, comfort, and security. The center is divided into areas organized around specific kinds of play and care, for example, block area, house area, small toy area, book area, sand-and-water area, movment area, art area, and spaces for diapering, meals, and naps.
Daily Schedules and Caregiving Routines - High/Scope teachers give children a sense of control over the events of the day by planning a predictible yet flexible daily routine. The infant-toddler routine consists of arrivals and departures, choice times, group times, meals, and outside times. These common daily events flex around the individual eating, sleeping, and bodily care schedules of each infant or toddler.
Infant-Toddler Learning Content - In a High/Scope setting, children explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and interact with other children and adults as they pursue their choices and plans. During this process they engage in teacher- and child-initiated learning experiences in 10 child development content areas. Within each content area are "key experiences" that foster developmentally important skills and abilities. There are 41 key experiences for the infant-toddler years, and accompanying support strategies.
Assessment - The Infant-Toddler COR (Child Observation Record for Infants and Toddlers) is used to evaluate child progress in High/Scope infant-toddler programs. The assessment is developmentally continuous with the Preschool COR, and in cases where programs serve a mixed age group, both instruments are used.
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