Three-Year-Old Classes

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Even if they have had previous school or group experience, the three-year-old is different!  Most children have language to express themselves and are becoming keen to interact with their classmates.  Although no child is required to be toilet trained at AHCNS, toilet training has either been completed or is a very real part of their routine.  Three-year-olds see themselves as “big”.  For these reasons, we believe that the role of the preschool in this class is to help teach social skills, to help children understand the give-and-take of relationships, to recognize the importance of cooperation, and most importantly, to feel they are in a safe place to try these new skills.

The three-year-old curriculum is based on units of study.  Some examples are animals, getting ready for winter, pets, and transportation.  The daily art project has two objectives: Firstly, to introduce a process to the children and, secondly, to show them how to follow several steps or directions.  In the three-year-old class, we are much more interested in having the children participate in the process – whether it is painting, mixing, or gluing – rather than the finished product.  This is a hands-on, exploratory learning experience.  Circle and story time are an important part of the morning.  Children at this age love repetition of songs and finger plays.  The school morning is a balance of free play, structured activities, and outdoor play.

We have two 3-year-old classes:

  • 2-Day 3s – Meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 3-Day 3s – Meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Schedule
9:30
Arrival
9:30 – 10:35
Art projects and playtime
10:35 -10:40
Clean up
10:40 – 11:00
Circle time
11:00 – 11:20
Snack
11:20 – 11:50
Outdoor play
11:50 – 12:00
Story