3's & 4's

Checkout our Combined Program

9:00am - 11:45am

Our combined 3's & 4's Program is available to children who will turn 3 in the current year.

Monday through Friday the 3's & 4's meet from 9:00am to 11:30am. There is a Head Teacher and Assistant Teacher with a maximum of 12 kids in the classroom.

Children in this class will gain confidence, develop a love for learning and are prepared to launch into kindergarten.

(*Depending on enrollment we hope to open a separate 4's class)

Learning Goals

Math

Pre-math skills are introduced through pattern games, measurement, block play (balance and stability), sorting, graphing and cooking.

Science

Science skills are introduced through various activities including cooking (liquid to solid), gardening and planting, life cycle of the butterfly and chicks. We also use photography as we take pictures for our nature wall.

Art

Our art projects encourage children to express their imaginations. Through various art mediums (paint, glue, fabric, shaving crème, and more), children create masterpieces. Through guided art, like a paper tear collage, children not only create a colorful work of art, they are also working on fine motor skills. While painting on the easel, they are encouraging gross motor development

Physical

Children’s fine motor development is addressed through manipulatives like playdough, crayons, beading, and Legos, as well as art activities. Gross motor development is addressed through outside play, including a climbing gym, movement in the classroom, songs and dance as well as block play.

Linguistic

Children are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas throughout the day. Teachers listen attentively and engage in conversation, and expand on what the children say promoting letter sound connections as well as words with actions. Circle Time activities promote conversation; Show and Tell promotes expressive language and voice projection. Children are read to each day.

Social

Children will be encouraged to empathize with the needs and feelings of their peers. Teachers will help children handle classroom issues with gentleness and kindness.

A Normal Day

Table Time/Arrival: Children can meet and greet each other and their teachers while engaging in tabletop activities like magnets and manipulatives.

Circle time: Everyone comes together to discuss the day’s plan. Jobs are assigned. The weather is depicted on our weather chart. Other activities at circle time may include show and tell and Interactive flannel board stories.

Free Choice Time: Children are encouraged to explore different areas of the classroom during this time. Centers are designed to promote developmentally appropriate learning. Our centers are: dramatic play area, sensory table, science and math centers, book nook, art center, listening center and free play carpet area for blocks and trains.

Story time: Books encourage children to enhance their listening skills, reinforce language, and ask and answer questions. Children are encouraged to choose books.

Snack: Snack can be a very social experience. A typical snack is usually crackers and fruit (provided by a parent), although there are times when we may make a snack for the day, like pancakes or muffins.

Outdoor/Indoor Play: The 4’s enjoy the outdoors on our playground. If the weather is not cooperating, we have use of a large indoor play area.