What is High/Scope?
High/Scope is an “active learning” approach to educating young children. Developed in 1962 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the High/Scope approach is now used in tens of thousands of pre-kindergarten programs in the United States and around the world. The High/Scope approach blends the knowledge of Jean Piaget with practical experience in the classroom and other educational settings. Long-term studies show the High/Scope approach promotes the healthy development of children and provides long lasting benefits throughout adulthood.
What are High/Scope’s goals for young children?
What are the features of the High/Scope approach to early childhood education?
Active learning—hands on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.
Adult-child interaction—creating a safe and caring setting, encouraging each child’s initiative and learning activities, shared control of learning experiences, encouraging children to solve problems and resolve conflicts together.
Learning environment—furniture and materials are arranged and labeled in carefully planned interest areas, such as the block area, house area, or art area.
Daily routine—setting follows a similar schedule of events, which provides consistency and predictability for both children and adults. The plan-do-review process (the core of the daily routine) gives children the opportunity to decide what they intend to do, to follow through on their course of action, and then to reflect on their experiences with other children and teachers.
Assessment—the High/Scope Child Observation Record is used to measure each child’s development. Based on these careful and direct observations, experiences are planned that encourage children’s growth and development.