Early Childhood Program: Threes
Daily activities for children who are in the three-year-old program are based upon projects and units of study that are interesting and meaningful to those children. A balanced schedule provides experiences in group and individual settings and includes stories, music, language experiences, natural discovery, and inquisitive discussions that include research.
Classrooms are arranged into centers that include educational toys, materials, and games based upon age appropriateness and the interests of the children. These include centers for books, blocks, sensory materials, art, puzzles and manipulatives, math, science, and dramatic play. Children have the opportunity to work and play in these centers individually, with a friend, or in small groups. Choosing centers provides practice in making decisions, following directions, working independently, and learning about the care and use of materials.
Outside time offers opportunities for gross motor development (including climbing, running, jumping, pedaling, and building), social interactions, as well as a chance to experience weather and seasons. Children can also experiment with sand and water during these outside periods.
Daily group times provide opportunities for your child to learn in a large group setting. Group lessons include stories, music, gross motor activities, language experiences, and discussions including questioning and research. Additional activities include cooking, growing plants, nature interactions, and having visitors share information about the unit studies. Children will also have opportunities for music, creative movement, tumbling, and other large motor activities. Children learn language, science, and math skills through experiential and integrated play and projects.
• Begins to care for personal needs (bathroom skills, dressing self, independently washing hands)
• Shows pride in accomplishments and follows established classroom rules and routines
• Demonstrates appropriate self-control, understands personal space boundaries, and transitions with ease between activities
• Draws a person with 2-4 body parts, draws circles and squares, uses scissors
• Cooperates with others during play
• Begins to offer and accept affection and empathy
• Uses language to express emotion including anger, frustration, and sadness
• Recognizes and can repeat sound patterns, uses language to recall a sequence of events, speaks clearly enough for others to understand
• Begins to understand time-related vocabulary and makes size comparisons between objects using language
• Enjoys books, listens to two stories consecutively
• Climbing, running with coordinated movement, walking backwards, throwing a ball overhand, catching a bounced ball, beginning hopping and standing on one foot
• Fine motor skills including drawing, cutting, 5-8 piece puzzles