The Threes program is designed to promote children's essential dispositions for learning. We will support children to be creative, inquisitive, flexible, critical thinkers, be purposeful, reflective and social learners. This program is for children turning three by December31st (although we recommend that children have turned three by the start of school).
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 9:30am to 12:00pm with extended day options through 3pm.
Teachers plan 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, Friendship and All About Me. Curriculum goals include:
Cognition - Encouraging children to use logic and reason, problem solve, make decisions, chose and plan, to persist at a task, to be self-regulated and to be curious and eager to learn.
Social Development - Develop social skills through whole group and class participation, conversations, exploration of similarities/differences, exercising appropriate manners and cooperation
Literacy / Language - 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 vocabulary). We also provide 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 and creating/identifying patterns (achieved through block building, stringing beads, puzzle assembly and art). We also teach the children to sort, order and classify through manipulatives, collect and measure through cooking and nature activities and problem solve through games.
Social Studies / Explorations - Open the children to the world around them as we discuss and explore the local community.
Creative Development - Support children as they engage in and enjoy the arts including music, visual arts, drama and dance.
Physical Development - Significant uninterrupted outdoor time where large motor development is encouraged through running, climbing, jumping, throwing, riding, swinging and exploratory walks.