Three Year Old Program

 

 

The three year old program at St. James’ Preschool uses theme-based units to continue the development of social skills. Children learn how to work together and express themselves through verbal language. In addition, children focus on developing language curriculum, where they follow letter-based topics and learn the alphabet in order. The children learn the beginning sound for each letter and are introduced to words that begin with the letter of the week. Children also learn numbers 1-10 and will be able to count objects using one-to-one correspondence.

Many opportunities are provided for the three year old children for artistic expression in the classroom. They have a full art center in their classroom with crayons, markers, scissors, play dough and more materials to creatively express themselves. The threes practice prewriting skills at the writing center like holding a crayon or marker and learning to write their name.

Social skills are greatly emphasized in the threes, where children will learn to “use their words” when feeling strong emotions and learn to play with others in cooperative games. It’s amazing how little the threes are when entering the school year, and how big they grow by the end!