GSRP

Free, high quality preschool programs are available through Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program. Families of four earning $60,625  per year are usually eligible and those earning up to $84,875 per year are sometimes eligible. Half and full-day openings are available now throughout Oakland County with transportation services offered at select sites.
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Meet Our Staff

Ms. Melyssa is the Lead Teacher in the GSRP classroom. She has been working with children for several years, including student teaching with Head Start. She received her Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2010, as well as her Bachelors in 2012. If you have any questions regarding your child's development, she would be happy to assist! Outside of work, she enjoys all kinds of things: camping, kayaking, walking 5K's, participating in craft shows, and spending time with those that she loves. She also likes taking pictures, chick flicks, trying new recipes, and browsing Pinterest!

Ms. Bev is the Associate Teacher in the GSRP classroom. She has a B.S. on Psychology from Eastern Michigan University with minor concentrations in child development and social science. She has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years and has been at Pee Wee Patch since 2004! She is also school- age teem leader. She believes young children thrive when given the opportunity to explore their world in a safe, nurturing environment. She believes her role as a teacher is to explore alongside her students; encouraging, provoking ideas, and questioning. Her major goals as an educator are to instill a love of self, life, learning and our world in all of her students. She has two grown daughters of her own, and an awesome grandchild! She loves spending her "free" time reading, hiking, kayaking, traveling, playing word games, logic puzzles, being outside, drumming, and spending time with friends and family.

GSRP

High/Scope Preschool Curriculum for our Infants, Toddlers, Preschool 

Philosophy

The High/Scope program is based on the theory that children need active involvement with people, materials, ideas, and events. It is a curriculum of "shared control" in which adults and children learn together. Like Montessori, the core belief is that children learn best by pursuing their personal goals and interests. In High/Scope, however, children are encouraged to make their own choices about materials and activities — teachers are trained to support this independence and decision-making. The High/Scope approach is newer than the Montessori approach but has four decades of research proving its effectiveness in promoting children's development.

In the classroom

The High/Scope curriculum identifies 58 key experiences preschool children should have. The experiences are grouped into ten categories:

  • Creative representation — Imitation, recognition, role playing
  • Language and literacy — Talking, describing, scribbling, dictating stories
  • Initiative and social relations — Making choices, problem-solving, relationship-building
  • Movement — Bending, running, dancing
  • Music — Singing, playing instruments
  • Classification — Describing shapes, sorting, matching
  • Serration — Arranging things in order
  • Numbers — Counting
  • Space — Filling, emptying
  • Time — Starting, stopping, sequencing

The High/Scope Preschool Curriculum is the preschool component of High/Scope's research-based system of education for the preschool and infant-toddler years. The curriculum has a set of teaching practices for adults, content areas for children, assessment tools to measure teaching behaviors and children's progress, and a training model to help adults use the curriculum to support children's development.

Active Learning. The curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best through "active learning," direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children are encouraged to "construct" their own knowledge by pursuing their personal interests and goals, guided by trained adults who understand the important learning areas for children in the preschool years. Active learning is central to all the activities in the program, whether planned by adults or initiated by children.

Daily Routine. High/Scope teachers give children a sense of control over the events of the day by planning a consistent daily routine that enables children to anticipate what happens next. A central element of the preschool daily routine is the "plan-do-review sequence"; other key elements are small- and large-group times, greeting time, and outside time.

Preschool Curriculum Content. In a High/Scope setting, children explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and interact with classmates and adults as they pursue their choices and plans. During this process they engage in teacher- and child-initiated learning activities in 10 child development content areas. Within each content area are "key experiences" that foster developmentally important skills and abilities. There are 58 key experiences for the preschool years. The 41 key experiences for the infant-toddler years are sometimes used in High/Scope preschool programs that also serve developmentally or chronologically younger children.

“The High/Scope Curriculum works because it empowers children to follow through on their interests purposefully and creatively. In the process, children develop initiative, interest, curiosity, resourcefulness, independence, and responsibility-habits of mind that will serve them well throughout their lives.”
Mary Hohmann and David P. Weikart in Educating Young Children

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