MLS International has adopted the High/Scope Preschool Curriculum for the Early Years Program. This curriculum revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the High/Scope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process called "active participatory learning" to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
MLS teachers and parents have discovered the High/Scope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving — the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.
Our curriculum recognizes the value of child-initiated active learning. The best early childhood activities build on children's natural curiosity, are matched to children's current and emerging abilities, and allow for exploration and variation rather than having to perform in a single "right way”. Learning is a process of "developmental change" — that is, a process in which we learn by relating and adding new information to what we already know, and if necessary, changing the way we thought before.
Learning does not happen when children are simply told something. To learn, they must see and do things for themselves, with parents and teachers present to encourage and challenge their thinking. Children must be secure and confident in what they already know before they are ready to move to the next level. When High-Scope says adults support and extend children's learning, it means that the adults first validate, or support, what children already know, and then challenge them to extend their thinking to the next level.