Central Children’s Academy provides a developmentally and academically appropriate program that recognizes the value of child-initiated active learning by using High Scope Curriculum and the Arkansas Frameworks. The curriculum models, which use activities that build on a child’s natural curiosity and their current and emerging abilities, are recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education.
The High Scope curriculum provides opportunities for exploration and variation in the following content areas:
Approaches to learning
Social and emotional development
Physical development and health
Language, literacy, and communication
Science and technology
Development of a positive self-image
Positive feeling about God and others
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later education, it also promotes independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.
High Scope curriculum is a consistent framework that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities based on children’s interests. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise small and large muscles. Children are encouraged to explore and make individualized choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon activities with adults and other children. Lesson plans are centered around children’s interests and developmental needs, while allowing for adaptations and modifications to ensure success for all children. Curriculum goals and objectives are guided by teachers’ ongoing assessment of children’s progress.