Our Three-Year-Old Program ("Preschool") enjoys the social world of making school friends, learning some basic colors and shapes and developing the social skills necessary to move toward cooperative play.
We operate classrooms of three-year-olds on the following weekly schedules:
- 2 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Tuesday/Thursday
- 3 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
- 3 days in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
- 5 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Monday through Friday
Our Preschool classes have 13 children and two adults, a teacher and a teaching assistant. The student/teacher ratio is less than 7:1.
Children must be 3 years of age by August 31st of their incoming year. All 3-year-olds must be potty trained.
- Independence Skills: put on or take off jackets/outerwear independently, attend to personal needs in the bathroom, wash hands properly and help clean-up classroom materials in a cooperative manner
- Social and Emotional Skills: adjust to the school routine, try new activities, transition easily from one task to another, continue with a task after making a mistake, play with peers in a cooperative fashion, participate in teacher-directed group activities and respect authority outside the home
- Cognitive Skills: recognize their first name, identify similarities and differences among objects, sort objects according to common characteristics, display knowledge of positional words such as in, out, over and under, enjoy books and pictures
- Math Readiness: recognize the eight basic shapes, demonstrate 1:1 correspondence between objects and say numbers 1-10 in correct sequence
- Communication Skills: communicate needs to teachers and peers, speak in sentences, share experiences with teachers and peers, recall words from from songs or finger plays, participate in music class, follow simple directions, listen attentively to stories and actively participate in language-enhancing activities such as circle time
- Fine Motor Skills: coordinate eye-hand movement by assembling puzzles, string beads, using brushes, markers and thin crayons with increasing control, introduction to proper use of scissors
- Gross Motor Skills: participate in large muscle play, walk up and down stairs with one foot on each step
Sample Day Schedule
||Free play: manipulatives, coloring or playdough, toys
||Circle Time: Pledge of Allegiance, calendar, weather and story
||Show and Tell, washing hands
||Music Class or Activity Room for art projects
||Goodbye circle, stickers and clean-up
||Dismissal at outside door or Lunch Bunch