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Highscope Daily Routine
Highscope is an approach to early learning which identifies and builds on childrens strengths, interests and abillities.It is an approach designed to develop self esteem and problem solving skills. The main principle of the Highscope is that ACTIVE LEARNING is essential for young children to develop their own knowledge of life. They do this through exploration of materials they have chosen in meaningful situations with support from interested and encouraging adults. The Highscope daily routine provides a consistent but flexible structure for children and adults. It gives opportunities for the children to play alone, with a friend or in small/large groups. The daily routine offers the children security since they know what is happening and coming next. Plan-do-review Planning time this process is the most important part of the daily routine, at planning time the children go into small groups with an adult/key worker. The adult encourages the children to plan what they want to play/work with. There are a number of ways of doing this pointing,singing,mapping or placing their symbol in the area they plan to play in. Do/work time. During work time adults encourage the children to think about what they are doing and how they are doing it. They are encouraged to solve problems and resolve conflicts near the end of work time an adult will tell the children "Its nearly time to tidy up". Review/recall time. During recall time children go into small groups with an adult/key worker. Adults invite the children to talk about what they have done. We pick up on the childrens opening comments. We comment on the childs play and ask open-ended questions. Children grow in their capacity to recount past events, select experiences to recall and construct their own understanding of what they have just done.Snack time ( see our policy on healthy eating). Small and large group time. In the Highscope approach small group times are planned around the childrens interests and geared to their levels. Adults introduce the activities,and children then contribute ideas and participate at there own levels.E.G. Individual children explore and use materials in ther own ways trying out one or another ideas for using them. Adults may use stratergies to support and extend childrens activities, E.G. they observe what children do moving from child to child, commenting on what children are doing and saying, imitate and add to the childrens actions,use the materials themselves. Large group time is the same except all adults participate with the children. This consists of story telling, nursery rhymes, sing songs, exercise, music and movement. Outside time and home time follows.


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