Introduction to Daily Routines (03:24)
The HighScope curriculum prepares children for future learning and life decisions. Daily routines balance individual, small-group and large-group activities and include plan-do-review sequences. Hear why consistent schedules are important in early education.
Daily Routine (13:53)
Learn about greeting time, planning time for the plan-do-review sequence, work time, cleanup time, recall time, large-group time, small-group time, snack time, quiet time, outside time, and adult planning time. Teachers observe and participate as activity partners; curriculum content guides communication.
Greeting Time (02:20)
Chantal LaFortune’s Harlem preschool program offers children books and has a teacher read to the group to minimize separation anxiety. She uses a board to announce any routine changes; children sing while transitioning between activities.
Planning Time (02:40)
LaFortune instructs her preschool class to volunteer as helpers and choose activities for work time. They tell a caterpillar their choices.
Work and Cleanup Time (02:35)
LaFortune and her colleagues interact with children to minimize conflicts during an hour long activity session. They also provide a warning for the transition, and make tidying into a game.
Recall Time (02:26)
Children share what they made or did during work time.
Outside Time (03:43)
LaFortune takes her students to a playground a few blocks from their Harlem preschool. They sing a walking song along the way.
Small-Group and Large-Group Time (04:20)
LaFortune interacts with children as they make paperclip creations in smaller groups. The whole class meets for dancing and yoga. LaFortune gives them a one minute warning before lunchtime.
Lunch Time and Nap Time (02:20)
LaFortune and her colleagues join children for a family-style meal, after which they have quiet time. She encourages independence throughout activities.
Daily Routine Summary (02:11)
HighScope's daily routine provides an organizing framework for teachers to help children engage in active learning experiences geared toward development. Elements include consistency, shared control, collaboration, and the plan-do-review sequence.
Credits: The Daily Routine (01:37)
Credits: The Daily Routine
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