COVID-19 Hours: Weekdays 8am - 5:45pm
Ages accepted: 6 months - 4 years old
The Center follows the High Scope Daily Routine. The Daily routine varies based on the classroom and the Children’s developmental needs. For more information on High Scope, Please go to www.highscope.org
Bellevue Day Care Center, Inc. uses the High/Scope Educational Approach in our program. Teachers and children are active partners in the learning process. This balanced approach — also called "intentional teaching" — is critical to the effectiveness of our program. It includes techniques for encouraging learning in specific content areas as well as strategies for helping children plan, do, resolve conflict, and recall their experiences. The space and materials are carefully arranged to promote active learning. The classrooms are divided into interest areas organized around specific kinds of play; for example, block area, house area, small toy area, book area, sand-and-water area, and art area.
The curriculum is built around a foundation of active learning. Teacher and child-initiated learning activities are grouped into five main content areas: Approaches to Learning; Language, Literacy, & Communication; Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development, Health, and Well Being; and Arts and Sciences. Within these areas are 58 Key Developmental Indicators (formerly called "Key Experiences"), which are observable early childhood milestones that guide teachers as they plan learning experiences and interact with children.
The staff and children come from all parts of the world. Diverse cultures and different languages coexist in one world as children interact, work, and learn with other children and adults.
This three-part sequence is unique to the HighScope Curriculum. It includes a 10- to 15-minute period during which children plan what they want to do during work time (the area to visit, materials to use, and friends to play with); a 45- to 60-minute work time for children to carry out their plans (or shift to new activities that interest them); and another 10- to 15-minute period for reviewing and recalling with an adult and other children what they've done and learned.
A period during which children plan what they want to do during work time (the area to visit, materials to use, and friends to play with).
A time for children to carry out their plans (or shift to new activities that interest them).
A time for reviewing and recalling with an adult and other children what they've done and learned.
During this time, a small group of children meet with an adult to experiment with materials, try out new skills, and solve problems. Adults develop a small-group activity based on children's interests and particular skills, materials, or content areas that suit children's developmental learning needs. Though the adult plans the activity and sets it in motion, children make choices about how to use the materials and freely communicate their ideas.
Large-group time builds a sense of community. Up to 20 children and 2 adults come together for movement and music activities, interactive storytelling, and other shared experiences. Children have many opportunities to make choices and play the role of leader.
Children and adults spend at least 30 minutes outside every day, enjoying vigorous and often noisy play in the fresh air.
Transitions are the minutes between other blocks of the day, as well as arrival and departure times. Teachers plan meaningful learning experiences for these times, which keeps children engaged and minimizes disruption.
Meals and snacks allow children to enjoy eating healthy food in a supportive social setting. Rest is for napping or quiet, solitary activities. Since both activities happen at home as well as at school, adults in HighScope programs try to respect family customs at these times as much as possible.
This time happens every day in a HighScope program. It can occur during children's nap time, before children arrive, or after they leave. The teaching team meets to discuss their observations of children's developing abilities and interests, focusing on these observations as they plan activities and review the materials in the classroom.