The HighScope® approach to early education was developed in the 1962 by Dr. David Weikart and influenced by famed child psychologist Jean Piaget.
The name "HighScope" expresses Dr. Weikart's goals for children, i.e., to have High aspirations and a broad Scope of interests. At its core HighScope is an "Active Learning" approach that values hands-on or learn-by-doing experiences. Teachers provide materials and equipment and carefully plan activities that children need to learn, grow and thrive. Guided by their knowledge of child development teachers encourage initiative, independence, creativity and cognitive skills development. The heart of their work is guiding and facilitating children's choices, decision making and problem solving abilities.
What guides us in HighScope approach? Three features: Content Areas, Key Developmental Indicator's and the Child Observation Record.
The curriculum is built around several Content Areas, similar to "subjects". For example, some Content Areas include Social and Emotional Development, Creative Arts, Science and Technology, Physical Development, Language etc.
KEY DEVELOPMENTAL INDICATORS or KDI's:
A KDI states an observable child behavior that shows their knowledge or skill in a particular Content Area.There are several KDI's for each Content Area.
CHILD OBSERVATION RECORD or COR:
We rely on the HighScope® curriculum to define learning goals and to measure success. A HighScope tool known as the COR or Child Observation Record allows teachers to chart children's development and progress over time. The COR, children's work samples and anecdotes from parents and teachers allow us to construct a portfolio for each child.
Key Development Indicators
Child Observation Record