Philosophy

We follow the High/Scope Philosophy.

You might hear the following phrases when you walk into our classroom:
Plan-do-review: This three part sequence is unique to the High/Scope approach. It includes a 5-10 minute period of time during which children plan what they want to do during work time (the area to visit, materials to use, and friends to play with); a 45-60 minute work time for carrying out their plans; and another 5-10 minute period of time with a teacher and other children for reviewing what they have done and recalling what they have learned. In between do and review, children clean up by putting away their materials or storing unfinished projects. Generally, the older the children, the longer and more detailed their planning and review times become. Children are very active and purposeful during do time because they are pursuing activities that interest them. They may follow their initial plans, but often, as they become engaged, their plans shift or may even change completely.
 
Small Group Time: During small group time, 8-12 children meet with an adult to experiment with materials and solve problems. Although adults choose a small group activity to emphasize one or more particular key experiences, children are free to use the materials in any way they want during this time. The length of small group varies with the age, interests, and attention span of the children. At the end of the period, children help with cleanup.
 
Large-group time: Builds a sense of community. Up to 20 children and 2 teachers come together for movement and music activities, storytelling, and other shared experiences. Children have many opportunities to make choices and play the role of leader.
 
Key Indicators: The key indicators are creative representation of language and literacy, initiative and social relations, movement, music, classification, seriation, numbers, space and time.
 
Eating and resting times: Meals and snacks allow children to enjoy eating healthy food in a supportive social setting. Rest is for quiet, solitary activities. Since both activities happen at home as well as school, we try to respect family customs at these times as much as possible. Our main goal is to create a shared and secure sense of community within the program.