At Delmar Arts Academy we use the High Scope curriculum.
What is High Scope? It is curriculum based on 35 years of research that was developed into a preschool curriculum designed to help children succeed in elementary school. (The research shows it helped individuals obtain skills necessary to obtain success in life. See below) The fundamental premise is children are active learners, i.e., they learn best from activities they plan and carry out themselves.
Your first thought is “How can children plan and carry out their own preschool activities?”
You start with a trained teacher who understands how children mentally construct the world and how these mental constructs change the course of children’s development. Delmar’s director, Adriana Jones, is not only a trained teacher, but is a certified High Scope trainer, and has taught High Scope at the college level.
The trained teacher then builds on the thoughts and actions of the child. Children must have daily opportunities to decide what they want to do…..then the trained teacher uses that as the starting point for teaching.