Small-Group Time: An Overview (02:37)
Children work with materials selected by an adult that has planned the activity based on observations of their interests and developing abilities. These focus on literacy, numbers, pretend play, or art. Adults give children individual sets of materials and individual attention.
Active Learning Approach (02:48)
HighScope's active learning ingredients include materials, manipulation, choice, adult scaffolding, and child language and thought. During small-group time, children make choices, use language, solve problems, and are encouraged by adult partners. Teachers observe and interact with the same group daily.
Where Do Ideas for Small-Group Time Originate? (02:00)
Ideas often begin with a teacher's observations of children's classroom play. Teachers also use small-group time to introduce children to experiences they would not otherwise choose or focus on a curriculum content area.
What Materials are Used for Small-Group Time? (01:34)
Teachers provide open-ended materials to accommodate various abilities. They plan activities based on observing children's play and may introduce new materials to the classroom or use familiar materials in new ways.
How do Teachers Plan for Small-Group Time? (01:17)
Teachers incorporate children's interests, include experiences with curriculum content, connect to children's families and the local community, and respond to recent and ongoing events. They decide how to introduce and distribute materials, support and extend children's learning, and finish and clean up.
How do Teachers Prepare for Small-Group Time? (06:29)
Teachers gather materials for each child and prepare backup materials to extend children's interests. They prepare statements to introduce materials and pique interest in the activity. They use materials along with children and give children individual attention. Learn about cleanup and extended projects.
HighScope Demonstration Preschool Small-Group Time: Letter Collectors (13:06)
A teacher makes in introductory statement, distributes individual scissors and paper, works alongside children and observes and imitates what they are doing, moves from child to child, adds backup materials as needed, makes a closing statement, and involves children in cleanup.
HighScope Demonstration Preschool Small-Group Time: Golf Tees (10:43)
A teacher makes in introductory statement, distributes individual hammers, golf tees and Styrofoam, works alongside children and observes and imitates what they are doing, moves from child to child, adds backup materials as needed, makes a closing statement, and involves children in cleanup.
Credits: Small Group Times for Active Learners (01:21)
Credits: Small Group Times for Active Learners
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