THREE YEAR OLD'S

Three-year-olds are about to enter an important time of transition in their lives. They suddenly become aware of their innermost wants and desires, but are just beginning to learn the self-control to know how to get what they want. This is a time of tremendous growth and maturing, and our caregivers will nurture your child as they develop independence, empathy and a strong desire to learn everything about their ever-growing world! 


Children learn best when they feel safe and secure in their environment, when the learning is related to the skills and experiences they already have, and when they are given opportunities to learn and develop through hands-on exploration and play. Our developmentally appropriate program uses these basic characteristics of children to design an environment and a curriculum that will foster each child’s growth and development in the areas of:



Language and Listening: Our program for language development includes activities such as Story Time, Journal Writing , Following Directions and Listening to others. Our classroom environment is filled with print, and children are encouraged to tell simple stories and to talk about their day in morning and afternoon circle times. Teachers include plenty of one-on-one conversation with each child throughout the day.

Intellectual Development: Teachers plan plenty of time for experimentation each day, and they take the opportunity to extend this play and to challenge the children’s’ thinking and reasoning processes. A wide variety of materials are available to foster development in the areas of math, reading, language, science, health, and music.

Social/Emotional Development: Our teachers foster a sense of community within each classroom, helping each child to feel like they belong. Children will learn to respect others, to use words to express their feelings, to develop appropriate alternatives to inappropriate behaviors, and to appreciate each other’s differences.

Large Motor Development: Children this age have trouble sitting still for any length of time. Our teachers will plan for plenty of physical activity that will challenge children to strengthen their muscles as well as their minds. We include outside activity at least twice a day (weather permitting) as well as music/movement each day.

Small Motor Development: Activities used to encourage the development of fine motor skills include blocks, playdough, Lego’s, stringing beads, painting, cutting, coloring, dressing and self help skills.

Your child’s daily schedule will include time for Learning Centers. These are areas of the classroom where one or more children can participate in different types of activities designed to enrich, review and reinforce the skills being taught. During this time, teachers monitor children’s’ activities and integrate learning through play. Learning centers in each classroom include Reading/Writing, Blocks, Arts/Crafts, Sand/Water Play, Math/Manipulatives, Dramatic Play, Large Motor Activities, and Science/Health. We use Learning Centers for many reasons:


Enhance Creativity: Children have access to a variety of materials in each center from which they can select choices and determine the direction of their play.
Develop Social Skills: Children learn how to communicate and interact by working in small groups to accomplish a common goal.
Enhance Self-Esteem: Children make choices, experience success at activities they enjoy, and learn to control their environment. 
Integrate Learning Experiences: Teachers rotate materials into centers that are relevant to the skills being taught. Children learn by participating in their environment, and can reinforce skills through hands on play in a variety of ways.
Diversity of Skills: Centers allow each child to work and play at their own level of development and to learn at their own pace.

Our caregivers will work with you to encourage and nurture your child’s development. We will send home weekly reports to keep you informed of your child’s progress and daily accomplishments. Our program goal is to help each child to develop an enthusiasm for learning, respect for others, independence in self-help skills and a positive, confident sense of self-esteem that will help them to succeed as future learners. 


Curriculum

Frog Street Pre-K is a comprehensive, research-based program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines. The program is engaging for both teachers and children and is easy to implement!

The cornerstones of the program are:

  • An extensive integration of theme, disciplines, and domains
  • Social and Emotional development includes Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline ®
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Joyful approach to learning