Three Year-Old Program

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To help your child view school as a happy, safe place
  • To help your child develop a relationship with and accept guidance from a teacher and other adults
  • To encourage your child’s natural curiosity and wonder in learning

Learning Tree Preschool provides a warm, nurturing, and happy environment for your three year-old to learn and practice important early academic skills.  The three year-old class curriculum is based on a Letter of the Week program.  The children are introduced to a new letter of the alphabet each week, beginning with A.  Activities, including story time and daily crafts, are centered around that letter.  In addition, each child gets individual time with the teacher throughout the week to work on fine motor development, such as proper pencil grip and scissor use, as well as letter recognition and sounds.

Socialization
Our three year-olds learn to make friends, take turns, and listen when others talk. They learn to separate from their parents and to accept other grown-ups as authority figures and friends. These are difficult skills.  Our teachers know this, and they give our children lots of guidance, encouragement, and positive feedback.

Pre-Reading
Our three year-old teachers foster a love of reading and language through many fun and engaging, age-appropriate activities.  These include story time and surrounding activities such as songs and finger plays.  The children navigate through the alphabet one letter at a time, building on their knowledge each week with new letter activities including matching games, puzzles and art projects.

Pre-Math
Our three year-olds learn counting, pattern recognition, shape recognition, and problem solving through both structured activities and unstructured play.

Pre – Writing
Before children can write, they need to develop the fine motor muscles in their hands for proper pencil grip and control.  At Learning Tree, we help foster fine motor development through many activities that are fun and age-appropriate.  They include painting, scribbling, gluing, play dough, cutting and crumbling paper, stringing beads, manipulating puzzles, and construction toys and finger plays.

Science
Children are natural scientists – Always wondering why, and eager to find the answer to that persistent question, “Why?”.  Our teachers provide children with plenty of hands–on science experiments including planting, erupting volcanoes, hatching butterflies and hatching live chicks.

Field Trips
Trips may include pumpkin picking and a visit from the dentist.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

9:15-9:25 AM Arrival:
Teacher greets children, children hang coats and bags, children participate in activities at the tables

9:25 – 9:45 AM First Circle:
Good Morning song and movement activities, story time, cognitive skills, demonstration of craft

9:45- 10:45 AM Activity Time:
Crafts, Puzzles, manipulatives, play dough, painting, blocks, kitchen, dress-up, science experiments, fine motor activities

10:45-10:55 AM Clean-up Time

10:55- 11:10 AM Snack

11:10 – 11:30 AM Second Circle:
Calendar, weather, songs, story time, Pledge of Allegiance

11:30 -11:45 AM Gross Motor:
Playground or movement songs and activities

11:45 AM Dismissal