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How We Teach

Taking care of very young children involves more than just meeting their physical needs. Today caregivers see themselves as responsive professionals concerned about all aspects of children's development. By using the clearly defined practices of the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum, caregivers develop close, supportive relationships with the children in their care.

Principles of
Active Learning

  • Infants and toddlers learn with their whole body and with all their senses.
  • Infants and toddlers learn because they want to.
  • Infants and toddlers communicate what they know.
  • Infants and toddlers learn within the context of trusting relationships.

In a HighScope program, caregivers support children's natural desire to be active learners. Creating an active learning environment for infants and toddlers means consciously considering all their needs — their social and emotional, physical, cognitive, and sociolinguistic needs.

The principles of active learning guide the decisions infant-toddler caregivers make about:

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