Our Three-Year-Old class curriculum nurtures a child's natural love for learning and exploring, promoting literacy, language skills, math and science concepts, art, music, movement, and an awareness of God's love for self and others. We spend time helping each child adjust to a routine, while learning how to listen carefully and follow directions.
Our classroom is equipped with different learning centers to promote learning through play and by stimulating the natural curiosity of our students.
The learning centers include:
- Block Building Station
- Home Living Center
- Dramatic Play Center
- Model Trains
- Cars and Service Station
- Pirates with Ships
- Workshop Station
- Cinderella Castle, Doll House, etc.
- Lego Station
- Sand Table
Each day consists of a planned lesson with an accompanying story, craft, and music. Here's a sample of our daily schedule:
- 9:30am-9:40am: Students arrive and unpack.
- 9:40am-9:55am: Free play with various educational toys on carpet squares.
- 9:55am-10:10am: Bathroom break – boys and girls go separately.
- 10:10am-10:25am: Circle time – morning song, lesson, and story.
- 10:25am-11:10am: Center time and craft/reinforcement of lesson (class is split evenly and takes turns).
- 11:10am-11:30am: Snack time.
- 11:30am-11:55am: Music, bible story, and outside play.
- 12:00pm: Dismissal.
Our curriculum consists of:
Verbal and Linguistics
Our class develops verbal, written, and cognitive skills. Students are introduced to letters and sounds while building vocabulary through storytelling, dramatic play, and group activities.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Students are taught the use of scissors, holding crayons and pencils, painting, sponging, free draw, coloring, as well as running, jumping, and playing catch.
Students are taught how to count and recognize numbers and shapes. Students learn colors and make patterns. They also learn to differentiate between more and less, and comparisons in size.
Social and Interpersonal Skills
Listening skills, taking turns, following directions, task completion, and solving problems with words are our main focus for three-year-olds. Children will learn about God's love and how to be a friend to one another.
Various holiday seasonal songs, and finger plays. Bean bags and rhythm sticks as well as circle songs.
Each week the students will learn a Bible story from the New or Old Testament. Various props and literature are used to teach the stories.
Throughout the year we have parties for the various holidays and each student's birthday. We celebrate Jesus' birth with our Christmas Program in December. We host a Valentine's Tea in February for our students' parents. We take a class trip to Benner's Farm in May.
We have a literacy program – Sam Bear, by Amy Hest. Each student has a turn to take care of Sam for a week. During that week, they are also Star of the Week. At the conclusion of the week, a parent comes in to share the Star poster and read their child's favorite story from home.
Our Enrichment Class meets on Fridays, from 9:30am-12:00pm. The class is smaller, typically averaging 7-9 students. Our enrichment has a theme each week; some examples are animals of the night, animals that hatch, winter animals, pumpkins, etc. We focus on early reading comprehension skills through the use of props, retelling of the story, the order of events, and discussing each story.
In addition to play centers, we have quiet centers. Here we focus on math, sorting, patterning, one-to-one correspondence, graphing, more and less, and number recognition. We have puzzle time, where several students will work cooperatively on a large puzzle. We also focus on language skills, including writing their name, recognizing the sounds of letters, and creating small, books put together by the students.