Three Year Old
At this age, children are highly impressionable. They are like sponges soaking up the knowledge of the world around them.
They continue to improve their coordination, learn complex games, and begin to interact more with their friends.
A typical day in the classroom, children will enjoy table-top manipulatives, puzzles, blocks, dramatic play and a morning visit to “Circle Time,” where teachers and students practice conversation and listening, rhymes and rhythms and short stories. Throughout a fun-filled, active day children will work on building academic skills and have plenty of opportunities to explore our learning centers so they can learn through play. This type of play promotes independence, encourages decision making, increases self-confidence, and develops social skills. When working in groups, children are encouraged to explore and discover, work together and celebrate each day’s achievements.
In addition to learning centers, your child will engage in various hands-on activities that will encourage them to explore, inquire, and discover solutions. Our program gives them the guidance and the tools they need to explore and learn in a comfortable, safe, and secure environment.
Our Three Year old Curriculum Program Includes:
- Creative Curriculum enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.
- Creative Curriculum lessons offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner and addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
Our bible curriculum, The Gospel Project, focuses on a weekly bible story with hands-on activities and interactive worship songs introducing children to the gospel.
Because preschoolers (typically 3-4 years old) are more adventuresome and curious about their surroundings, our teachers stay one step ahead of their students. Each day is thoroughly planned out with a variety of hands-on activities to encourage learning and socialization. Students will be taught to write their names and recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Our teachers also begin to introduce concepts like opposites, identify emotions and basic directional skills (over/under etc.). At this time we put extra focus on self- awareness for each child. We also foster independence by helping children master self-help skills.
On a bi-annual basis, we do a formal evaluation based off age-appropriate benchmarks in order to assess each child’s growth and development. Below are some of the basic milestones we look for in a child entering the preschool classroom, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:
- Hops and stands on one foot up to 5 seconds
- Kicks ball forward
- Throws ball overhand
- Moves forward and backward
- Uses riding toys
- Cooperates/plays with other children
- Plays “mom” or “dad”
- More inventive in fantasy play
- More independent
Hand and Finger Skills
- Copies square shapes
- Draws a person with 2 to 4 body parts
- Uses scissors
- Draws circles and squares
- Begins to copy some capital letters
- Can feed self with spoon
- Understands the concepts of “same” and “different”
- Has mastered some basic rules of grammar
- Speaks in sentences of 5 to 6 words
- Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand
- Tells stories
- Correctly names some colors
- Understands the concept of counting and may know a few numbers
- Begins to have a clearer sense of time
- Follows three-part commands
- Recalls parts of a story
- Understands causality (“I can make things happen”)