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In a Highscope classroom teachers facilitate learning by:

  • Active Learning – Through active learning children are encouraged to interact with materials in structured learning areas while sharing ideas and thoughts with their teacher.  Children explore their environment manipulating materials while forming their own hypothesis.

  • Adult-Child Interactions – Adults focus on children’s individual interests and strengths allowing children to share their experiences and building on their ideas.

  • Learning Environments – Teachers provide a wide range of materials both indoors and outdoors to allow children to explore, manipulate and use in a variety of ways.

  • Assessments – While children explore in their work areas teachers observe and document their play.  Teachers use that information to help guide lesson planning, so they are extending each child’s individual learning.  This will lead purchasing decisions which ensures that materials are used to enhance each child’s growth.

  • Daily Routines – Children will have a consistent daily routine that supports children in their social and emotional growth.  Predictability creates consistency and stability for young children when they are in an educational setting.

  • Plan-Do-Review – Children’s plans come from their own ideas and interest.  Their planning will guide their choices in what learning areas they will work each day.  Before children transition to a new activity they will meet in small groups to review their plans and daily ideas.

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New Mexico Early Learning Academy believes that young children learn best in an environment that is designed to stimulate curiosity and discovery by providing hands on learning experiences.  We know children learn by doing.  Their play is their work.  Research has shown that children learn best when they are able to use their whole body to engage all their senses, explore freely, communicate their ideas and interact with caring adults.  This will guide them when forming solutions to everyday experiences.  Academic content areas are integrated into our curriculum to ensure each child’s learning experience is exciting and meaningful.  

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is hands-on learning that applies to the world around us. It’s how educators help children integrate knowledge across disciplines while encouraging them to think in a more connected and holistic way. Children are given the opportunity to learn the same materials in different settings and through different lenses. S.T.E.M learning is important for everyone and can happen anytime, anywhere.The real life skills that children develop help make them better problem solvers and learners.