Content Briefing: In this technological era where WeChat and phones can be used for communication, why do Highscope program teachers still choose to conduct home interviews? A round of heartfelt home interviews can turn a cold “key to key” relationship, where the only communication between parents and teachers are hard exchanges of key points, into a warmer “face to face” relationship. Let the minimal words spoken through the phone and sent through the internet turn into a sincere handshake, an understanding smile, and a deep and honest conversation that brings people closer. Let education gain a warmer side.
Part 1 高瞻特色环节
“Plan – Do – Review” is a unique aspect of Highscope learning. It involves taking initiative to actively participate in all parts of learning.
Children will develop abilities during this process such as increased proactivity, independent problem solving skills, collaboration and teamwork skills, as well as accumulate knowledge and skills in various specific areas of study. The methods of learning they will be immersed in through this program will continue to influence them through the next stage of their learning at their next school. These learning methods may even stay with them for the rest of their life in the way they think and act.
Part 2 高瞻家访中的PDR
P：计划时间 （Planning Activity Time）
Planning is the first step in this specialized method. During this time, children will express what they plan to do during the working period. Emphasis is placed on what they want to do and what they choose to do.
So how do Wits Town Highscope Kindergarten teachers make their plans? What are the teachers’ planning processes?
Before visiting the childrens’ homes, the teachers researched and created a comprehensive plan, which put forth specific requirements for the home visit. Teachers at all levels of the department participated in this discussion.
The teachers used the brainstorming method of mind mapping to discuss in detail the contents of the home visit questionnaire, the schedule of home visit, and the matters that needed attention in the home visit.
The teachers of each class got in touch with the parents before the home visit, to ensure that every child would be able to participate.
Nursery and kindergarten teachers initiated the home visiting activities for the new students. Most of the parents and their children were not familiar with the teachers and the curriculum of Wits Town Kindergarten. The home visits thus, effectively helped parents to understand the kindergarten, understand the teacher, and build a sense of trust.
The children also interacted with the teachers in the home visits. This helped to alleviate the anxiety of the children entering the kindergarten and adapt them to the kindergarten lifestyle as soon as possible.
In the process of visiting the homes, the teachers of middle age and upper age classes focused on communicating with their parents about the best ways to connect with their children and how to help them adapt to a school environment.
The teachers also introduced the Highscope high range curriculum to the parents, and had an in depth discussion with them about the social development and cooperation ability of their children.
In addition, the foreign teachers introduced English alphabet chain specific to the highscope curriculum, encouraging new students to choose their favorite chain letters as in the example provided.
This played an important role in improving the child’s phonological awareness, literacy and communication skills of language such as letters.
According to the Highscope curriculum, review period is the most critical time of the day.
As the name suggests, it is to collaborate and review the day’s activities together, share the outcome of the activities and discuss the implementation of the plan.
We take a look at how highscope teachers do it.
Teachers work together to integrate materials and photos from home visits. The teachers made notes and discuss with each other.
Part 3 主动学习，守护童心
While the foreign teachers and children played games, the class teachers and parents had a cordial conversation.
For each home visits, the parents sincerely shared suggestions and hopes for the teachers and kindergarten. Wits Highscope Kindergarten will continue to carry out the work of home-based education in a deep and lasting manner.