Our Three Year Old Program provides a multitude of experiences in the form of small group and large group activities and a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities throughout the day to support each child’s growth and development in all areas.
The Classroom Environment
- Spacious classroom and naturally lit classroom
- Child-sized furniture and easily accessible sink and
toilet to encourage independent self-care
- 1:8 teacher-to-child ratio for individualized learning
- Maximum Group Size - 16
- CPR- and First Aid-certified staff
- Professional cleaning daily
Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Monday to Friday
Social Emotional Development
- Preparing to go outside, hand washing, cleaning up after an activity and meal times creates opportunities for children to develop independence and self-help skills.
- Playing in small groups with peers give children the opportunity to develop new friendships, express their feelings, play cooperatively with others and practice problem solving skills. Teachers support children as needed on how to respond to the feelings of others appropriately, take turns, negotiate and compromise.
- Free play time provides children the opportunity to discover their interests and make decisions.
- Children are introduced to basic shapes, colors and math
concepts with the aid of manipulatives, games, songs, books
and other small group activities. Children practice number
recognition, counting, sorting, measuring and making patterns.
- Science concepts are introduced and investigated through nature
walks, sensory activities, and hands-on experiments.
- Engaging in dramatic play, music and movement activities and
participating in art activities creates opportunities for children to be
- Field trips, holidays and celebrations help strengthen children’s
awareness of various topics and the world around them.
Language and Early Literacy Development
- Children are introduced to letters and letter sounds through songs, stories, games and other small group activities. Children learn to recognize their own name, names of peers and as well as recognize letters in their environment.
- Group discussions and Show and Tell during Circle Time provide children the opportunity to express their thoughts and develop their vocabulary and language skills. Participation in these activities also help children learn how to wait for a turn, participate in a group conversations and develop confidence.
Fine Motor and Gross Motor Development
- The regular use of writing/drawing/painting tools (pencils, crayons, makers, paint brushes), using scissors and small manipulatives (lacing beads, puzzles) help children strengthen their fine motor skills.
- Daily opportunities for outdoor play and indoor movement activities help children strengthen their large motor skills. Activities include skipping, running, climbing and balancing in our outdoor playground area and riding bikes and playing with balls in our indoor play space.
Christian values are incorporated into the program through stories, songs and lessons during Chapel time led by the Pastor of RUMC twice a month, during daily interactions and through special celebrations during Christmas and Easter.
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