|Early Childhood - Curriculum
New Jersey Department of Education has established the New Jersey Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a way to provide all school districts with a framework for Pre K-12 curriculum development. The CCSS and the Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards are aligned to support and prepare preschool children for their future educational experiences. The Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards present developmentally appropriate practices that are aligned with the district’s chosen early childhood curricula High Scope. You may view the Standards on the following Department of Education website, www.nj.gov/njded/ece.
The High/Scope approach to preschool education has been tested and researched for over 40 years. Young children in High/Scope programs develop the academic and social skills they need to succeed in school. The approach is an open framework that organizes the children and teacher’s environment, daily routine, and interactions. The High/Scope approach incorporates five elements within the open framework philosophy:
Active Learning- Learning through active involvement with people, materials, events and ideas.
Adult-Child Interaction- Adults observe and interact with children at their level.
Learning Environment- Each classroom is arranged in several defined interest areas that enable children to find, use, and return the materials they need in order
to explore, invent, and learn about their world.
Curriculum Content- The curriculum is built around teacher and child interaction learning interactive learning activities in the following areas: curriculum content areas; approaches to learning; language, literacy, communication; math; social-emotional development; physical development; health and well-being; art, science, and technology.
Daily Routine- Each day follows a similar schedule of events, providing consistency for children and adults. A daily “plan-do-review” process allows children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, make plans, follow through on them, and reflect on their experiences with peers and adults. Large-group and small-group activities are also part of the daily routine.
Assessment- Teachers record notes on the children’s behaviors, experiences, interests, and interactions. They use these notes to assess each child’s development and to plan daily activities. These notes are also used during parent-teacher conferences to help parents better understand their child’s development. Parents will receive three parent reports (COR-Child Observation Record) during the school year (December, March and June).