3 Year Old Program
Three Year Old Program
Three-year-old activities are designed to create a stimulating learning environment. The children are greeted by name as they enter the classroom.
Students will express themselves creatively through art, music, drama, modeling, building, and much more.
Christian Education: As Christian teachers, the goal is to effectively communicate God’s love for each child. Each week, we read Bible stories to the children. The Bible curriculum, entitled Scripture Bites, is designed with preschoolers in mind. We are always looking for opportunities to tell the children about God’s beautiful world and all the wonderful things He has given us. We strive to show each child how special they are! God loves them and so do we! Once a week, they attend chapel in the Worship Center. Chapel lessons consist of object lessons, songs, puppets, skits, and multi-media presentations.
Language Arts: The alphabet letters and sounds are introduced through songs from the Sing, Spell, Read and Write curriculum. Projects emphasizing individual letters of the alphabet help children to associate sounds to letters. Children also learn to point to words from left to right in pre-reading activities. They practice making the letter O in a counter-clockwise direction. Show & Tell gives children practice speaking in front of a group, speaking in complete sentences, taking turns, listening to others, and being courteous.
Mathematics: Colors, shapes, opposites, counting, and counting backwards are reinforced through the songs from Sing, Spell, Read and Write. The child will also learn to rote count to ten, recognize the numbers 1 – 10, count items from 1 to 10, understand positional words (i.e. “first”, “last”), sequence, read graphs, and complete patterns.
Motor Skills: Art projects for three-year-olds are designed to exercise small hand muscles. The use of these muscles helps to develop fine motor skills. Gluing, painting, coloring, and playing with Play-Doh are fun activities. In coloring, we are learning to stay in the lines and color the whole picture. When we are cutting, we are learning to stay on the lines. We cut only straight lines in the beginning of the year and go on to circles and ovals later in the year. The children attend PE class each day in the gym or outside on the playground according to the weather.
Art: Art class is enjoyed by all! Once a week, we visit the art teacher to produce a masterpiece. The curriculum, “Arts Attack” (Arts in Action), teaches the elements and principles of art and drawing in a developmental and sequential way. Each child has the opportunity to be “Artist of the Week”. There is also a school-wide art show in the spring.
Music: There is a twenty-minute music class each week with the music teacher. The program is designed to help the child experience the joy of music through participation and to motivate a creative and imaginative response to music through singing, rhythms, and listening experiences. The Christmas and Easter programs are favorite events. Music is also a part of various classroom activities throughout the week.
Science: One month is designated as Science and Weather month! Students do simple science experiments in the classroom throughout the month. Each class has a Science Fair display that parents are invited to visit. During the year, weather, plants, and insects are studies. Nature lessons are always fun.
Progress Reports are sent home two times a year. Parent-teacher conferences will be on an as-needed basis. Children are evaluated in January and May.
Individual photos are taken in the fall. Class pictures are taken in the spring.