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  • and program assessment tools to support this evaluation process Child Assessment COR Advantage is HighScope s birth to kindergarten child assessment which evaluates children s learning in nine content areas The tool assesses children s learning in every content area Each day teachers and caregivers generate brief written descriptions or anecdotes that objectively describe children s behavior They use these notes to evaluate children s development and then plan activities

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  • the appropriate level of scaffolding and environmental support children with disabilities demonstrate higher levels of engagement which in turn leads to improved behavior interactions The Daily Routine The HighScope daily routine structures the events of the day to provide consistency and flexibility Consistent routines help children understand behavioral expectations increase their on task behavior and develop self regulation abilities Young children particularly children with special needs who may have difficulty maintaining focus or responding to changes that occur in the daily routine find comfort in knowing what comes next in the course of a program day The HighScope Curriculum and Embedded Intervention In a HighScope classroom learning goals are built around eight major curriculum content areas Approaches to Learning Social and Emotional Development P hys ica l Development and Health Language Literacy and Communication Mathematics Creative Arts Science and Technology and Social Studies Within each content area HighScope identifies the key developmental indicators KDIs observable milestones that occur during behaviors and activities children readily engage in The KDIs provide a flexible system for organizing content that helps teachers understand and plan for each child s individual development so that the child s IEP Individualized Education Plan goals are integrated with the overall curriculum To ensure that children with differing abilities have full access to curriculum content and are able to learn and use new skills in the context of meaningful everyday activities adults in inclusive classrooms use a strategy called embedded intervention This practice assists children with special needs in achieving their individualized goals and objectives by integrating learning opportunities into the child s natural environment and daily routine with the classroom In this way embedded intervention builds on interests and preferences and promotes child engagement socialization and independence Embedded intervention is most effective when goals developed for the child

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  • or sit next to the teacher while she reads a story Their actions are focused on getting what they want without regard for the effect of their behavior on others Children may also be imitating aggressive behavior they see elsewhere at home or in the media without having learned that violence or verbal abuse is not an acceptable way of dealing with social problems in the classroom or elsewhere Refer to the following strategies to learn how you can help young children resolve disputes Curriculum Strategies That Set the Stage for Problem Solving 1 Provide a consistent predictable routine 2 Encourage children s language development Be warm and positive in conversations Describe and imitate children s actions Read books about feelings Talk with children about feelings 3 Play in partnership with children Get down on their level and engage play on their terms Encourage learning about feelings during play Help children resolve problems that arise during play Six Steps in Resolving Conflicts 1 Approach calmly stopping any hurtful actions Place yourself between the children on their level Use a calm voice and gentle touch Remain neutral rather than take sides Set limits if necessary 2 Acknowledge children s feelings You look really upset Let children know you need to hold any object in question Describe their actions 3 Gather information Ask for information from each child and listen carefully 4 Restate the problem So the problem is 5 Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together What can we do to solve this problem Encourage children to think of a solution Help clarify the details 6 Be prepared to give follow up support Describe how they solved the problem Give acknowledgment You solved the problem Stay near the children Strategies to Use Now to Prevent Bullying Later 1 Engage

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  • 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

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  • Learning Social Emotional Development Physical Development Health Communication Language Literacy Cognitive Development Creative Arts Six main curriculum content areas which parallel the dimensions of school readiness identified by the National Education Goals Panel organize active learning in HighScope infant toddler programs see box to the right Within these areas are 42 key developmental indicators KDIs Each KDI is a statement that identifies an observable behavior reflecting a child s knowledge

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  • to carry out this process of assessing children s development and reviewing and strengthening programs COR Advantage HighScope s birth to kindergarten assessment evaluates children s development in nine learning areas Each day teachers or caregivers generate brief written descriptions or anecdotes that objectively describe these very young children s behavior They use these notes to evaluate children s development and then plan activities to help individual infants and toddlers

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  • may be used with students of all ages In addition to working with early childhood and elementary teachers our trainings and resources are also suitable for those working with teens adults and seniors A complete Folk Dance Curriculum and a Moving Toward Health initiative to help improve elementary students fitness are two areas of specialized training and resources offered in Education Through Movement Resources The Education Through Movement program is supported by extensive materials that include books with step by step guidelines lesson plans and compact discs with recorded instrumental music suitable for movement and dance activities Resources for the Folk Dance Program cover beginning and intermediate dances and include several books and compact disc recordings of exceptional quality featuring folk music from around the world What an incredible experience As a result of my training in the Education Through Movement program my preschoolers with special needs are learning the key experiences of movement with regular classroom peers as their model Linda Grimm Physical Therapist Training The Education Through Movement training program provides teachers with effective classroom strategies to improve student performance in movement and music as well as other curriculum areas Training workshops and courses are available for teachers

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  • an integral part of everyday learning in the school setting Movement and music are used as a means of delivering essential content in a way that encourages healthy physical activity while reinforcing academic concepts While Moving Toward Health can benefit students of any age it is particularly recommended for use in preschool and elementary K 2 classrooms where the potential is greatest for lasting changes in behavior and positive long term impact The program Two days of training three days of classroom support and a lifetime of health for students Based on decades of practical experience and supporting research the program is presented and taught in a way that makes it optimally effective for both teachers and students During two days of intensive training educators learn Teaching Children to Be Active Learners Considering the many hours children spend in school classrooms may well be the most promising venue for making a large scale impact on the health of children ETM helps reverse the trend toward weight issues by replacing sedentary patterns with physical activity Techniques for engaging students through the use of movement Active learning strategies for the classroom Effective approaches for integrating academic subject matter with physical activity Fundamentals

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