Every day is a learning adventure in our three year old classroom – where children are encouraged and taught to become independent thinkers. At age 3, children start to gravitate toward certain other children to play with and learn how to make friends on their own. They also learn to adapt their own behavior to make themselves more likable to a peer group.
Preschool - Threes
Our Preschool program will prepare your child for life skills by introducing your children to learning centers that encompass a wide range of activities. Children will be introduced to math, language, reading, social and physical skills in a creative manner. In addition we will continue to work with children on their self-esteem and independence skills.
Preschool teachers facilitate social behaviors by making conflicts and problems that arise into learning opportunities by reading stories and encouraging group discussion about common preschool social issues.
- Creative Arts and Dramatic Play Areas
- Physical Development
- Math and Manipulative Area
- Reading and Language Areas
Science is an important component in our Preschool curriculum. Children thrive in a hands-on environment where they are able to use their senses to learn about their world. The following activities will be offered in our programs
- Engaging in science activities and making predictions
- Conducting simple experiments
- Problem solving with other children and adults
- Observe life cycles
- Introduction to geography
Preschool children have a genuine desire to participate in creative arts and dramatic play. At this stage, children are able to focus on the process of art, which allows them to enhance their fine motor skills. Creative arts and dramatic play are important components in socialization and self-expression. Some of the activities are as follows:
- Creating long-term projects with teachers and peers
- Drawing, cutting and other fine motor activities
- Singing, dancing, mimicking and other expressive activities
- Participation in dramatic play, role playing and creative arts with other children
Your child will also have wonderful opportunities to develop physically. We have a large variety of indoor and outdoor equipment that enhance physical development throughout the day. You will see children participating in the following activities:
Gymnastics which is arguably the best active program for young children. It helps to instill confidence, promote independence, and encourage problem-solving; as well as to promote balance, coordination, timing, agility, and spatial orientation. Gymnastics is a great foundation for all future sports and activities. Also we offer:
- Group activities such as obstacle courses, music and movement and various other exercise activities
- Small motor activities such as play-doh, digging and constructing
- Planting and gardening
- Hand/Eye coordination activities such as throwing balls in a hoop, catching a ball, and kicking a ball.
- Large motor activities such as riding a bike, dancing, obstacle courses
Our Preschool environments are filled with opportunities to think logically, to solve problems, and to perceive relationships. The curriculum includes a variety of teacher-directed as well as child-initiated activities that promote pre-mathematic skills. Children will spend time utilizing materials in the environment to understand counting, patterns, basic geometry and probability. The teachers will ask probing questions such as, “How do we make blocks balance on top of each other?” Or, “Which is heavier—a cork or a magnet?” These types of questions allow children to reason on their own. The type of math concepts your child will participate in are as follows:
- Problem solving
- Logical thinking
- Number recognition and counting .
- Comparisons and sorting
- Basic measurements
Your child will be provided with a print-rich environment and exposed to a variety of language experiences. Circle times are filled with posing questions and opportunities for children to freely express themselves. Children are asked to attach descriptions to their work and talk about their activities. Teachers ask children their opinions and use their ideas in curriculum planning. The language and reading concepts your child will participate in are as follows:
- Participating in real life experiences that include reading and writing
- Logical thinking
- Developing oral communication
- Recognizing symbols through games
- Describing art work and activities
- Show and tell
- Leading circle time activities
- Reading with adults