Three Year Olds
3-4 year olds
Our teachers encourage independence while providing a warm and nurturing atmosphere to develop self-confidence and a love of learning. Positive social skills, such as good manners and cooperation are reinforced. Circle Time allows for more child-initiated learning. Reading stories, singing songs, and inquisitive discussion help build a child’s vocabulary and develop language and memorization skills.
Math skills are developed as they sort items by color, start to count, identify shapes, and build reasoning skills. Handwriting without Tears is used on a daily basis to promote early writing skills. Art projects help develop fine motor skills as a child learns to use scissors, color, glue, and work with various materials and textures.
Please make sure all your child's belongings are labeled (ie jackets, cups, sheets, utensils). Make sure to bring utensils and a cup for your child as well as a change of weather appropriate clothing. Thank you!
This is our Thank You song that we say before eating for proper table manners
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
"Thank you for the earth and sky
Thank for you for the birds that fly
Thank you for the streams that flow
Thank you for the food we grow
Thank you, Thank you
This we say
Thanks for all we have today."
What do we do in Preschool? (Besides making friends...)
*Circle time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters' thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention spans.
*Gross Motor activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles - as well as their imaginations - as they engage in fun, healthy exercises, such as running, jumping and climbing.
*Fine Motor activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine-motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons and scissors.
*Art activities help youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.
*Dramatic-play activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems. And, well, dramatic play is just plain fun!
*Music activities promote youngsters' listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music, children can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.
*Science activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.
*Sand and water activities allow youngsters to experiment with textures and properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.
*Block play gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.
*Storytime is designed to help youngsters develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children's vocabulary and comprehension skills and also expand their knowledge base.