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Trinity Child Care's approach to learning is based on the HighScope Curriculum, which emphasizes active participatory learning involving direct, hands-on experiences that will instill a love of learning in the child. In HighScope, children are encouraged to construct their own knowledge through interactions with the people, events, things, and ideas around them.
The curriculum is divided into eight content areas, specifically:
Key Development Indicators
Each content area includes a number of Key Development Indicators (KDIs), which are observable behaviors demonstrating the emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of a child. In HighScope, there are 58 KDIs. For example, some of the Social and Emotion Development KDIs are developing a positive self-identity, building relationships, and learning how to resolve social conflicts. Some of the Mathematics KDIs are recognizing and using number words and symbols, counting, measuring, identifying patterns, and analyzing data.
In HighScope, teachers are charged with assessing a child's development through comprehensive observations. Several times a year, teachers prepare assessment scores based on these observations and review them with parents or guardians. The scores allow teachers to prepare developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to monitor progress in partnership with a child's parents or guardians.
A Day in the Life of Trinity Child Care
Listed below is a schedule of a typical day at Trinity Child Care. In parenthesis under each scheduled event is an explanation of HighScope's unique approach to the scheduled item that maximizes its learning potential.
8:00-8:50 Greeting time/breakfast/children brush teeth
8:50-9:00 Planning time
9:00-10:20 Work time
10:20-10:30 Clean-up time
10:30-10:40 Recall time
10:40-11:05 Small group
11:05-11:50 Outdoor time/gross motor
11:50-12:40 Lunch/brush teeth
12:40-1:40 Nap time
1:40-2:00 Clean-up/bathroom/cots away
2:00-2:15 Large group
2:15-2:55 Work time