3 YEARS - 4 YEARS
The preschool child is eager to pursue their autonomy, ready to develop large motor skills such as jumping and skipping, and small motor skills such as grasping pencils and scissors. They are excited by their increased ability to communicate with their peers, and are deeply curious with many questions. Our teachers in our preschool program strive to provide opportunities for the preschool child to play cooperative games, explore the answers to their questions and their newfound independence, and continue to expand their language and self-help skills.
Our language focus at this age is to encourage children to recognize several printed words, be able to follow three-part directions, and begin to speak in complex sentences about past, current, and future happenings.
Cognitively, children are guided through understanding and recognizing shapes in their environment, counting objects out loud, following the sequence of a story, and sorting of objects by various characteristics, such as color, shape, and size.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
At this age, children want to be included in everything, and in doing so they learn concepts like taking turns, sharing, and conflict resolution. Our teachers know how important it is to provide choices and reassurance for children at this age by giving them plenty of opportunities to choose and explore their independence in a safe environment.