Pros: wonderful families and co-workers
Cons: this government financed program requires extensive, routine paperwork and documentation.
Head Start uses a special curriculum called High Scope that is designed to allow for child choice and pre-planning. The Head Start teacher works with teacher assistants and parents to set up learning areas in the classroom that preschool students use each day. Students participate in small group, large group and individual activities following a plan, do and review process.
As a trained elementary teacher who was used to making all the decisions about what students would be doing each moment of the day, It was a challenge to adjust to the idea that the children could decide what materials and topics they would use throughout the day.