The 3s class is for children ages three years to four years of age and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. While play based, this class offers an intentional curriculum that blends kindergarten readiness skills with creative exploration. By maintaining a small class size of an average of ten (maximum 12) children, the teachers are able to give focused attention to their students on an individual and small group level throughout the day. The teachers work throughout the year to adjust each child’s curriculum to meet individual levels and needs.
The 3s experience a mix of indoor and outdoor play. During indoor time, they are offered in free choice of year-round learning stations—creative art, play dough/sensory play, and a math/cognitive center. The teachers rotate other learning centers throughout the week to include building blocks, small manipulative toys, dramatic play, writing, science, and light table exploration. Curriculum emerges and follows the child’s interest. Following a cooperative clean up time, the children gather for circle time to actively participate in music,games and stories. After circle time, we offer a snack family-style where children practice self help skills, manners and social conversation.
During our outdoor time children are offered opportunities to develop gross motor skills using bikes, building blocks, balls, gardening, and dramatic play. We often continue our creative arts, books and science/sensory experiments outside. The 3s class takes two field trips during the year—to the pumpkin patch in the fall and to Hidden Villa Farm in the spring.