The program for our “inquisitive” three year olds continues to develop based upon learning from our previous age groups. We provide an environment for our three year olds to safely run, skip, jump and explore. There is a focus of not only reciting the alphabets and counting numbers, but also ensuring that our three year olds can identify letters and numbers. The identification of new colors, putting on clothes and tying shoes are also taught.
Age appropriate manners and etiquette are introduced in this program. “Please” and “thank-you” are used frequently by our staff to encourage the use of these words by our children.
Our children focus on sorting items, developing the concept of size through sequencing, understanding the concept of time as in day and night; today, yesterday and tomorrow; before and after. The introduction of clocks and the basics regarding how to tell time are presented to our three year olds. We begin to teach them the days of the weeks.
Our teachers focus on children learning to spell their name and being able to identify their name when they see it in writing. They began teaching our children to write the letters that make up their name. In addition, children will know their age, what the number of their age looks like, their parent’s name, etc.
The building of language skills from previous age group is continued. At this age, children ask a lot of questions. We frequently engage our children in conversation; including listening to them and making sure that we respond to their questions. We continue to enthusiastically read to them and provide fun through engaging audio and picture books.
Our children are able to spend time on age appropriate computer based games and activities that will help introduce them to computer technology and help with language, reading and spelling skills.
Children also begin to socialize or interact with other children at this age. They are encouraged to be courteous to other children, and they are taught the concepts of taking turns and sharing.
Parents receive a daily status of their child’s day. This status gives a general description of their child’s disposition during the day, any developmental milestones and any other pertinent information that the teacher deems beneficial to the parent.