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Learning by doing

The HighScope curriculum provides engaging, developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to become confident, competent, life-long learners. The curriculum has demonstrated positive child and life-long outcomes.

HighScope Principles 

  • Active learning
  • Use the plan, do, review cycle
  • Problem solving
  • Connecting home and school
  • Consistent daily schedule
  • Warm teacher-child relationships

Active learning

Children are active learners, in that they learn best from activities that they themselves help select, plan and carry out. This gives them direct experience with people, materials, events and ideas

HighScope uses the term active learning to describe our philosophy. In the early childhood years, learning is not simply a process of adults giving children directions or information to memorize.

The HighScope Curriculum, used around the world, is based on decades of research demonstrating positive outcomes for all children when they are actively engaged in the process of thinking and building their own understanding.


Our staff support the children with individual and intentional learning opportunities which support their growth with consistent, caring adults in a nurturing environment.

The growth and development of each child is recorded for the purposes of program planning and parent information. We use the HighScope Child Observation Record (COR) intended for use in early childhood settings including infants and toddlers.

Classroom teachers regularly record notes on a child’s behaviors, experiences, and interests. Teachers use these notes to assess each child’s development and to plan activities that will facilitate their growth and development. They also use these notes in parent meetings to better understand the child’s unique abilities and interests, to anticipate future stages of development and appropriate responses that support and encourage the child.

Resolving conflicts

To help the development of social and emotional skills and to create empathy and understanding for others, we focus on positive conflict resolution.

Young children playing together inevitably experience conflicts. They have conflicts over space, materials, and friendships. Learning how to find solutions that work for everyone is an important learning experience for young children. At The Learning Village we facilitate resolving conflicts by using the 6 Steps of Conflict Resolution

Steps in resolving conflicts

  • Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions
  • Acknowledge children’s feelings
  • Gather information
  • Restate the problem
  • Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together
  • Be prepared to give follow-up support