Threes

Quick facts
  • Classes meet either three days, four days, or five days per week. Three-day classes meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Four-day classes meet Monday-Thursday. Five day classes meet Monday-Friday. All classes meet from 9:00-12:50.
  • In order to best meet their developmental needs, three-year-old children are divided into classes by age.
  • Three-year-olds attend a music class twice a week.
  • Chapel is introduced at this age. Chapel services are held once a week.
  • Exploring Science, a science program designed especially for three-year-olds, is offered to children each week.

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Primary Purposes


In our three-year-old classes, we build on age-appropriate social and emotional skills begun in our two-year-old classes. We design experiences that assist children in moving from parallel to cooperative play. Language skills are developing rapidly at this age, and we plan a variety of activities to encourage and nurture these skills.



Typical Day

Three-year-olds spend their day alternating between whole group, small group, and individual activities structured around child-friendly themes. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in our classroom centers. Typical centers in our threes classes include dramatic play, story sharing, blocks, sensory tables, and imaginative play. Art activities are planned to encourage self-expression and exploring the process of art. Early learning skills, including counting, patterning, and early letter recognition are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Teachers engage with the children as a group using books and songs with attractive art, predictable patterns, and rhyming words. Children spend time on the playground each day and attend a music class twice a week. Once a week, our science teacher comes to the classroom to provide engaging instruction around a science topic that is of interest to three-year-olds. Spiritual development is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Daily living skills are practiced during snack and lunch times.


Curriculum

We do not use a specific academic curriculum for three-year-olds, although pre-academic skills are introduced when children are ready. Activities are developed around guidelines for developmentally-appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc.org/DAP). Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com/).