The Threes program, for children turning 3 by December 31st, (although we recommend that children have turned 3 by the start of school), is designed to promote children's essential dispositions for learning: we will support children to be creative; be inquisitive; be flexible; be critical thinkers; be purposeful and reflective; and to be social learners.
Families may choose 2 days (Thursday and Friday), 3 days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) or 5 days per week. There will be a maximum of 12 children per class with 2 teachers. The program meets from 9:30-12 daily and affords families all the extended day options: 8:30-9:30 Studio; 12-1:30 Lunch Bunch; 1:30-2:15 Enrichment; 2:15-3:00 Siesta.
Teachers plan a daily experiences in literacy and language, math, science, social studies, sensory, physical and creative. Weekly topics could include Doctor/Veterinarian, Transportation, Our Community, Instruments/Movement, Friendships, and All About Me. Curriculum goals include:
Encourage children to use logic and reasoning
To problem solve
To make decisions
To choose and to plan
To persist at a task
To be self-regulated
To be curious and eager to learn
Develop social skills through whole group and class participation, conversations, exploration of similarities/differences, exercising appropriate manners and cooperation
Encourage communication with others and strengthen word knowledge through a language-rich environment to foster children’s development of early literacy skills (achieved through storytelling, conversations, writing, opportunities to identify letters and words to expand their vocabulary)
Exposure to other languages and cultures through games, storytelling, music, cooking and art
MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
Expose children to counting, numerical recognition and reasoning, spatial relationships, as well as identifying and creating patterns (achieved through block-building, stringing beads, puzzle assembly and art experiences)
Teach the children to sort, order and classify through manipulatives, collect and measure through cooking and nature activities and problem solve through sorting, patterns, counting and games
Open children to the world around them. As we discuss, explore and experience the world including the local community, the children obtain information about themselves and their families. We visit the local post office, fire station and other local merchants.
To support children as they engage in and enjoy the arts: music, visual arts, drama and dance
Significant uninterrupted time is spent outdoors where large motor development is encouraged through running, climbing, jumping, throwing, riding, swinging and exploratory walks.
9:20 - 9:30 am Arrival in the classroom
9:30 - 10:15 am Wash hands, hang up personal items and transition into the classroom for child-directed center time and Organic snack (Experiences include Math, Science, Literacy, Creative Arts & Social Studies)
10:15-11:15 Outdoor and Gross Motor experiences
11:45 am Clean up
11:50 - 12:00 pm Meeting time/Story time
12pm Pick up from the classroom