Three Year Olds

Two Turning Three Class

                                     Two and Young Three Class

                                                                                Three Year Old Classes

Three and Four Year Old Open Classroom

                                     Mixed Two and Three All Day Class

                                                                   Mixed Three and Four Open Classroom

                                                                  

Two Turning Three Class

Mon/Wed/Fri                                      9 - 11:30 am

Age: must be Three by December 1

Ratio: 3 teachers : 12-14 students

Welcoming children to what is a first school experience for some and continuing education for others, this class promotes independence, positive self-esteem, appropriate social skills, early language and math acquisition, fine and gross motor skills, and "a lifelong love of learning."

 

Class begins with a free play period, during which children are encouraged to participate in art and cognitive learning projects designed for task completion at individual developmental levels. Children then gather in a circle where stories, games, or movement activities are presented to reinforce the theme of the day. A healthy snack, a second circle, and outdoor play until dismissal are how the day concludes.

 

Activities are tailored to the developmental level of "newly three" year old children who learn while having fun. Through hands-on and multi-sensory experiences, children discover the wonders of the world around them. Regular specials in Music and Movement, Mindful Exercise, Felt Board Stories, as well as guest visits enhance this early school experience.

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal

Two and Young Three Class

Mon/Wed/Fri                                  12:15 - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Two and a Half by September

Ratio: 3 teachers : 12-14 students

This class provides a nurturing and secure learning environment for what is a first school experience for some and a continuing education for others. Goals are to promote independence, positive self-esteem, appropriate social, language, and early math skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills, while encouraging a "lifelong love of learning." 

Class begins with a free play period, during which children are encouraged to participate in art and cognitive learning projects designed to allow task completion at individual developmental levels. Children then gather in a circle where stories, games, or movement activities are presented to reinforce the theme of the day. A healthy snack, a second circle, and play outside until dismissal are how the day concludes.

 

All activities (individual, large, and small group) are tailored to the developmental level of children who learn through actively exploring the world around them. "Elements of Art" introduces three year olds to a hands-on discovery of geometric shapes and patterns. Specials in Music and Movement, Mindful Exercise, Felt Board Stories, as well as guest visits enhance this early school experience for all.

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Circle time active activities

Teacher directed centers

Clean-up

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal

Three Year Old Classes

Mon/Wed/Fri                   9:00 - 11:30 am,    12:15 - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Three

Ratio: 3 teachers : 12 students

Self-contained classrooms for three year olds provide a nurturing and secure learning environment that fosters a sense of "belonging" through independence and exchange with peers. Goals are to enrich language, promote thinking in early math and literacy, improve socialization, and enhance fine and gross motor skills while encouraging "a lifelong love of learning."

Classes begin with a free choice period, during which children are invited to participate in art or cognitive learning projects presented in one-on-one or small group settings. Then, children gather in a circle where the theme of the day is discussed through a movement activity, game, or story. After circle, the children eat a healthy snack, regroup for a second circle where the theme of the day is revisited, and finally enjoy the playground. 

 

Children are presented with many opportunities to explore the world around them, as learning occurs through a hands-on approach that appeals to their developmental levels and unique interests, as well as guided by the "Handwriting Without Tears" methodology.

Regular specials in Music and Movement, "Elements of Art," and Mindful Exercise, just as Felt Board Stories, children's entertainers, and other special guests enhance this early school experience.

Typical Day:

 

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice and gathering activities

Clean-up

Circle time

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Healthy snack

Read-aloud time

Playground

Dismissal

Three and Four Year Old Open Classroom

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri                          9-11:30 am

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri                         12:15-2:45 pm

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur                               12:15-2:45 pm

Age: must be Three by September 1

Ratio: 3 teachers : 18 students

This dynamic yet structured experience within a large space is most often termed "the Open Classroom."  By co-mingling, three and four year olds achieve harmony and opportunities for growth. While older students practice the leadership that prepares them for a successful transition to Kindergarten, younger students benefit from this modeling. All children focus on age-appropriate skills through hands-on manipulatives and learn new concepts from both their teachers and peers.  

After a brief welcoming circle, students rotate to various centers where teaching staff work with individuals and small groups. Learning Centers provide multi-sensory experiences and may include math, language arts, literacy, handwriting, science and social studies, sensory, art, dramatic play, and blocks. 

"Handwriting Without Tears" methodology encourages early letter formation and writing. Music and Movement, "Elements of Art," Felt Board Stories, field trips, and special guest visits enhance this early school experience.

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Lunch

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal

 

Mixed Two and Three All Day Class

       Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri                          9 am - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Two and Half by September 1

Ratio: 3 teachers : 12 students

Welcoming some children to their first school experience and others to a continuation of earlier education, this class promotes independence, positive self-esteem, appropriate socialization, early language and math, as well as fine and gross motor skills while encouraging "a lifelong love of learning."

The class begins with the practice of social skills during free-choice activities. After circle time, teacher directed centers provide hands-on learning within small groups or one-on-one.

 

"Handwriting Without Tears" provides early literacy instruction. STEAM instruction is addressed by themes throughout the year. Learning activities are defined by various interests and learning levels. Children learn to care for themselves, be a good friend to others, follow teacher instructions and anticipate a predictable schedule. 

Some exposure to older students inspires peer learning. This class enjoys daily playground times, weekly Music and Movement and "Elements of Art" instruction, Mindful Exercise, as well as monthly Felt Board Stories and occasional all-school arts and nature activities. A local farm and nature center are also visited. 

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Circle time

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Healthy snack

Read-aloud time

Playground

Lunch

Nap

Snack

Story-time

Playground

Story-time

Dismissal

Mixed Three and Four Open Classroom

             Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri                   9 am - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Three by September 1

Ratio: 3 teachers : 20 students

This dynamic yet structured experience within a large space is most often termed "the Open Classroom."  By co-mingling, three and four year olds achieve harmony and opportunities for growth. While older students practice the leadership that prepares them for a successful transition to Kindergarten, younger students benefit from this modeling. All children focus on age-appropriate skills through hands-on manipulatives and learn new concepts from both their teachers and peers.  

After a brief welcoming circle, students rotate to various centers where teaching staff work with individuals and small groups. Learning Centers provide multi-sensory experiences and may include math, language arts, literacy, handwriting, science and social studies, sensory, art, dramatic play, and blocks. 

"Handwriting Without Tears" methodology encourages early letter formation and writing. Music and Movement, "Elements of Art," Mindful Exercise, Felt Board Stories, field trips, and special guest visits enhance this early school experience.

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Lunch

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal