What Is HighScope?

How is assessment handled?

High/Scope teachers are trained to use the High/Scope Child Observation Record for Ages 2 –6 (COR) to evaluate children’s developmental progress. As the basis for COR assessment teaching teams take daily anecdotal notes on children’s developmentally significant behaviors during children’s normal activities in the program. These notes are discussed during daily team planning sessions. Teachers use their anecdotal notes as the basis for completing the COR assessment instrument at regular intervals.

How does a High/Scope preschool program teach math and reading skills?

High/Scope preschool teachers not do not directly teach math, reading, writing and other academic skills through sequenced activities, drills, workbooks, or other “school-like” activities. Instead adults provide experiences and materials that help children develop the broad language and logical abilities that are the foundation for later academic learning. For example, to encourage children’s beginning reading and writing skills, teachers create a print-rich environment and provide opportunities throughout the day for children to listen to stories, explore books and other print materials, and work with writing tools and materials. To promote math abilities they provide materials that enable children to use beginning skills in counting, comparing numbers, and one-to-one correspondence. Teachers use the High/Scope key experiences in language and literacy and number to help them recognize and support the learning opportunities in these important pre-academic areas.

What about special needs children?

The High/Scope approach is used with special needs children in both self-contained and inclusive settings. High/Scope teachers approach children with special needs by emphasizing the broad cognitive, social, and physical abilities that are important for all children rather than by focusing on the child’s deficits. High/Scope teachers identify where the special needs child is developmentally, and then provide a rich range of experiences that would be appropriate for a normally developing child at that level. For example, they would encourage a 4-year-old who is functioning at a 2-year-old’s level to express his plans by pointing, gesturing, and saying single words and they would immerse the child in a conversational environment that provides many natural opportunities for using and hearing language.

Is High/Scope used in infant and toddler programs?

Because of the urgent need for day care, preschool programs are expanding to include younger and younger children. The High/Scope preschool approach has been successfully used in settings serving children from infancy through kindergarten age. Adults working with developmentally younger children use the High/Scope infant and toddler key experiences as a guide to providing appropriate experiences and materials for the younger age group.

How do High/Scope teachers handle discipline?

High/Scope teachers avoid using punishment and reward as tools for managing children’s behavior. When behavior problems arise, they avoid isolating the child, instead encouraging the child to discuss the problem with the adult or with others involved. This problem-solving approach helps children develop social skills and become more aware of the impact of their actions on others.

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