Resources for Parents

Birth to Five (Center-Based):

Research-based and child focused, the HighScope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process of learning through discovery called "active participatory learning", proven to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.

Provided with a wide variety of materials and planned experiences by teachers, children can build on their interests, expanding their learning.

The 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.

HighScope's comprehensive approach includes the following eight content areas.

  • Approaches to learning

  • Social and emotional development

  •  Physical development and health

  •  Language, literacy, and communication

  •  Mathematics

  • Creative arts

  • Science and technology

  • Social studies

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Birth to Five (Home-Based):

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) model is an evidence-based, comprehensive service system to support families and help children develop optimally during the crucial early years.

PAT supports parents as their child's first and most influential teacher. PAT Foundational Curricula help trained parent educators identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills, and protective factors within the family. Personal visits include a focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being.

Research has shown significant evidence of effectiveness of the PAT model, demonstrating the PAT achieves its goals listed below and makes a real difference in the lives of children and families.

 Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
Increase children's school readiness and school success
Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices

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School Age:

Great Explorations strives to advance the academic achievement and healthy development of youth by delivering quality out of school time services. We incorporate a variety of research based curriculums and teaching methodologies into our programming to develop the whole child.

Student academic time embeds age appropriate school curriculum into the Great Explorations program to reinforce and expand school day learning. When possible, school day teachers deliver this content to students.

Curriculum and Club offerings vary based on the interest of the students. For example, the UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Tech University facilitate S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities with GE Students weekly. Physical education programs may use C.A.T.C.H (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) or Alliance for a Healthier Generation activities. Local artists may provide art programs.

Great Explorations employs experiential and project based learning methods for many of their activities. In summer programming, students may participate in regular gardening or create a "kid city" where they become the entrepreneurs and governing bodies of their society. All activities are aligned with the Core Content Standards for the National AfterSchool Association and the Michigan Out of School Time Standards of Quality.

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