PHILOSOPHY UNDERLYING THE GREAT BEGINNINGS PROGRAM
Our program uses the High Scope Philosophy along with a Creative Curriculum. High Scope is a positive thinking program that promotes all aspects of social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Therefore, we rejoice in the individuality of each child and base our guidance on a child’s personal needs and stage of development, rather than having one set standard of expectations for all children. Children need to feel good about them and make positive choices.
Teachers establish a safe and nurturing classroom environment where children can be happy and busy pursuing their interests. Adults observe and interact with children at their level to discover how each child thinks and reasons. They support children’s initiatives and developing abilities. Adults share control of all learning experiences with children. They encourage children to solve problems with materials, turn to one another for help, collaborate in creative activities, and learn how to resolve conflicts with one another through negotiation.