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Caledon East Children's Place has adopted elements of the HighScope Educational Approach to learning. The cornerstone of the High/Scope curriculum is Active Learning. Research has shown that children learn best when they are actively involved with people and things. This is achieved by providing materials that children can manipulate, by embedding choice in what children do, by promoting language and by giving ongoing adult support and scaffolding. By observing children's interests, and understanding each child's level of development, teachers plan a variety of individual and group, indoor and outdoor activities to support and extend children's learning. In an Active Learning setting, children develop initiative, autonomy and self-confidence. 

1. Adult Child Interactions:

Adult-Child Interactions are very important in a HighScope program. Teachers and children share control: children will be in control of “child sized” decisions while teachers take care of adult responsibilities. Teachers use encouragement with children by making specific comments about their efforts and putting them in control of judging their own work. Teachers develop genuine, respectful relationships with children. HighScope programs use a problem-solving approach to social conflict. Your child will be taught how to negotiate, communicate and compromise. These skills will help them throughout their lives.

2. Active Learning:

The day is filled with play based active learning, and emergent ideas stemming from the children's interests.  HighScope is a curriculum that is based on 50 years of extensive research. The research has shown that children learn best when they are actively involved with people and things. Children in HighScope programs do better in school and in life.

3. The Classroom Environment:

The Learning Environment in a HighScope classroom is carefully planned to allow your child to make choices and to use interesting, stimulating, authentic and natural materials. Defined interest areas provide a variety of learning experiences. The classroom is labeled: this helps your child connect the printed word to real materials.

4. The Daily Routine:

Central to the HighScope curriculum is the Plan/Do/Review process. Through this process your child will make plans, carry them out and reflect on his/her actions. Plan/Do/Review helps children become better thinkers and decision makers. The Daily Routine in a HighScope classroom includes time for child initiated and adult guided activities. The routine is consistent so that children can feel secure.

5. Child Observation and Assessment:

HighScope has a strong focus on developing and supporting early reading, writing, science and math. Group times are planned by the teacher to focus on these content areas. The HighScope Preschool Curriculum goals are called Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs). These KDIs cover all the important ways children learn. We use an observation tool, called COR Advantage (Child Observation Record) to assess development and plan for children. We use the PQA (Program Assessment Tool) to ensure our curriculum is carried out to fidelity.


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G. Science and Technology 

KDI #47 Experimenting 

E. Mathematics 

KDI #32 Counting 

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C. Physical Development and Health

KDI #16 Gross-motor Skills

 D. Language, Literacy and Communication 

KDI #29 Writing 

D. Language, Literacy and Communication 

KDI #25 Alphabetic Knowledge 

G. Science and Technology 

KDI #46 Classifying 

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