Supportive Adult-Child Interactions: Introduction (02:25)
Infants and toddlers are naturally curious about objects and people around them and rely on supportive adults to encourage their explorations. In HighScope's active learning model, caregivers use intentional teaching strategies to build trusting relationships.
Setting the Stage for Supportive Interactions (02:45)
Relationships with trusted adults help infants and toddlers develop initiative, empathy, a sense of self, and a friendly, social community. Hear how the following active learning ingredients are used: materials, manipulation, choice, child language and thought, and adult scaffolding.
Creating a Climate of Trust with Children (03:54)
Adults should touch, hold, speak to, and play with children in a warm, unhurried manner; take pleasure in actions; respond supportively to children's needs and attention-getting signals; give children time to interact and respond in their own way; and support children's relationships with peers and other adults.
Forming Partnerships with Children (07:11)
Adults can watch and listen to children, interact at children's physical level, respect children's preferences and temperaments, follow children's lead, communicate and converse in a give-and-take manner, make comments and acknowledgements, look at actions from the children's viewpoint, and give children choices.
Supporting Children's Intentions (06:58)
Caregivers can focus on children's strengths and interests, anticipate children's explorations, encourage and acknowledge children's exploration and play choices, help children achieve their goals, give children time to solve problems, and support toddlers in resolving social conflicts. Learn about scaffolding learning and conflict resolution.
Establishing Policies Promoting Continuity of Care (06:47)
Care centers can anchor each child's day around a primary teacher, create small groups sharing a caregiver team, keep children and caregivers together from year to year, arrange caregivers' schedules around children's needs, and have primary caregivers record observations. View recommended adult to child ratios.
Washing Babies (02:55)
A caregiver uses HighScope's active participatory learning approach to support toddlers as they "bathe" dolls and animals.
See a caregiver using HighScope's active participatory learning approach to help infants fall asleep and wake up.
Making a Bracelet (04:52)
A caregiver uses HighScope's active participatory learning approach to help toddlers make and attach paper bracelets.
Water Play (03:05)
Caregivers use HighScope's active participatory learning approach to support toddlers at a water table.
Body Painting (02:16)
A caregiver uses HighScope's active participatory learning approach to support toddlers in the art area.
Sand Play (02:18)
A caregiver uses HighScope's active participatory learning approach to support toddlers at a sand table.
Beads and Lids (04:35)
Caregivers use HighScope's active participatory learning approach to support toddlers as they play with strings, beads, and jar lids.
Credits: Supportive Adult-Child Interactions (01:20)
Credits: Supportive Adult-Child Interactions
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