Our approach is based on the HighScope curriculum which uses an “active participatory learning process” to promote independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem-solving. Additionally, we are happy to have teachers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and educational experiences and therefore, we do our best to include their strengths into our program.
With this approach, we have created a well-rounded curriculum which is able to provide an engaging and inclusive environment for our students. Days at Sunny World include a mixture of structured activities, free play (or “work” time), and outdoor play. Students are also exposed to Mandarin through their weekly curriculum as well as the daily conversation of their peers and teachers. At the heart of our curriculum, is an emphasis on sustaining a compassionate learning environment where all students (and staff) are fully appreciated for who they are.
In the High/Scope Preschool Curriculum, learning is focused on the following eight content areas, which are based on the dimensions of school readiness identified by the National Education Goals Panel.
- The Curriculum uses a carefully designed process — called “active participatory learning” — to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
- The Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving — the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.
What are HighScope’s goals for young children? HighScope is a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas.
- To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas
- To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life
- To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned
- To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas
- To provide children with carefully planned experiences in reading, mathematics, and science
What does a HighScope program setting look like? The space and materials in a HighScope setting are carefully chosen and arranged to promote active learning.
- Is welcoming to children
- Provides enough materials for all the children
- Allows children to find, use, and return materials independently
- Encourages different types of play and learning
- Allows the children to see and easily move through all the areas of the classroom or center
- Is flexible so children can extend their play by bringing materials from one area to another
- Provides materials that reflect the diversity of children’s family lives
What is Active Participatory Learning?
- Children have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.
- Children construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them.
- Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions.
- Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support.
- Adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.
- Adults first validate, or support, what children already know, and then, when the time is right, gently encourage them to extend their thinking to the next level.