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Three-Year-Old Program


The three-year-old classroom is a caring and positive atmosphere in which we strive to create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn. As we bridge the gap from home to school, our goal is to guide the children to a continued positive self-image while building social skills in a school setting.


Throughout the year, we learn to work and play cooperatively, follow instructions, get along with each other, respect and obey the teacher, wait patiently for our turn, and become a little more self-reliant. Learning to adjust socially and emotionally is necessary before a child is ready for more “academic” instruction.


One of the basic indications of a child’s readiness for more formal instruction is his or her muscular coordination, particularly the coordination of eye and finger muscles. We are constantly working and developing this through finger plays, games, music, rhythms, and a variety of other activities.


And yes, we do play a lot! But please remember that what looks like play to us is actually valuable learning experiences for our children. During play time, our preschoolers are meeting new friends, looking at books, sharing, pouring and measuring sand, having creative art experiences, learning to share adults’ attention, learning needed social skills, becoming independent, developing language skills, and more! Playing can be very hard work!

Three Year Olds' Teacher
  • Kim Meza

  • Lisa Breene

Classes Offered
  • 2 days per week

  • 3 days per week

  • 5 days per week

Objectives for Three-Year-Olds

Social Skills
  • Having experiences in a child group setting versus an adult setting

  • Having cooperative play experiences

  • Learning social skills needed to play games and make friends

  • Acting appropriately with adults

  • Learning to respect and listen to an adult (other than parents)

  • Learning to share adults’ attention

Fine Motor Skills
  • Having creative art experiences using “messy” art materials

  • Pouring and measuring at the sand/water table

  • Playing dress up

  • Building with blocks

  • Using manipulatives

Readiness Skills
  • Naming and using colors

  • Recognizing basic shapes

  • Differentiating numbers and letters

  • Increasing attention span

  • Learning days of the week and months of the year

Gross Motor Skills
  • Lots of outdoor and playground fun!

  • Rhythm and movement

Language Skills
  • “Reading” books

  • Learning songs

  • Playing and interacting with peers

  • Learning friends’ names

  • Following directions

  • Participating in circle time and group discussions

Independence Skills
  • Picking up toys and putting supplies in proper place

  • Begin using the bathroom and washing hands by themselves

  • Putting on jacket by themselves

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