3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Tuesday and Thursday
AM Program: 9:15-11:45
Class size will be limited to 22 children. One teacher and one aide will conduct this class. A child must be three years old by September 30th to enroll in this class.
It is our hope that we can develop in each child a positive self image and a love of learning and going to school. In the 3 year class we provide many activities to do just that. Each activity that is presented to the children is a result of much planning. Children like to be actively involved. When more than one sense is used in teaching a task, learning is greatly improved.
MAY - May is a fun month! We have Outside Day, and play outside most of the day! We also have ice cream day, of course, everyone’s favorite! We also have a family picnic to celebrate summer coming. All family members are welcome!
Art is used as a teaching device, as well as a fun way to play, in the preschool class. Freedom with art supplies encourages using the imagination and is also a good release for emotions. Eye-hand coordination is also developed.
Cooking is included in our curriculum at Faith Preschool. Besides learning about the major food groups, the children are more likely to eat something they have made. This is also a good time to encourage math and science through measuring and mixing and cooking.
Language Development includes time set aside in group time for show and tell, discussions about different subjects, flannel board stories, and most importantly, books.
Creative Dramatics and movement encourages free expression and also allows the imagination to surface. This is done through the use of puppets, dress up clothes, blocks, and various props added to the classroom.
Games and Social Activities as a group happen often in the 3 year classroom. Games that are played in a group teach the children how to cooperate with one another, and learn to take turns.
Math is taught through games adapted to follow the theme of the day. For example, counting how many crackers were eaten at snack time. Other math games include identifying shapes, measuring, sorting and comparisons.
Science ideas that are simple to adults often are magic to the young preschooler. The children are introduced to the meteorology, biology, chemistry and physics in very simple forms.
Music is used as an important teaching tool in the 3 year class. It is easy to remember the rules at school when a song is sung to remind the children what to do next. Music activities include activity tapes or cds to help children to listen and follow directions. Anything can be taught through music.
Physical Development is included through using large muscle play on our playground, through activity tapes or cds, parachute play, or obstacle courses.
The three-year old class curriculum is based on the calendar year and the basic requirements that have been suggested by the State of Ohio for preschoolers to best prepare them for kindergarten.
SEPTEMBER - The 3 year old learns about becoming more independent, about being kind to one another, sharing, and taking care of ourselves, our classroom and our school. We stress the 5 senses because this is how a young child learns best. Each month, the children may bring an item to share with the class. We introduce a shape for each month and a color for each month. Counting the calendar days and learning the days of the week are practiced each day.
OCTOBER - Because it is difficult for the young preschooler to determine what is real and what is pretend, we do spend much time playing pretend and make-believe games in this month. We also learn how pumpkins grow. Making a Jack-o-Lantern and having a Fall Party are special high lights of this unit.
NOVEMBER - We begin this month by learning about foods we eat and what foods are healthy and which are not. Later in the month we discuss life in Early America and how the Pilgrims and Native Americans lived a long time ago. We also are very busy planning for our Family Night Open House. We decorate everything with our art projects! The 3 year classes also enjoy having a Thanksgiving Feast complete with turkey , cornbread, fruit kebabs, and pumpkin pie, most of which are made by the children themselves. The children wear Pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses made just for that occasion.
DECEMBER - Because it is our hope that each child understands that Christmas is a time for giving and not always receiving, we plan a Christmas Party for the parents. The children invite the parents to attend a Christmas Program. The children perform a few finger plays and songs for them. After the program the parents are invited to stay for cookies and punch. We also teach that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and people celebrate Christmas all over the world.
JANUARY - January’s unit is “Looking for Winter”. The children talk about what happens to the animals (hibernation), people, and plants during cold weather. We usually have a visit from a naturalist from Metroparks who brings her animal friends to share with the children..
FEBRUARY - We learn about Valentine’s Day “A Special Time to Say I Love You”.
We have a Valentine’s party. The children may bring valentines to pass out to their classmates. Later in the month we discuss people in our neighborhood who help us.
MARCH - We learn about spring weather and the season of Spring, and how life returns to the trees and plants, new baby animals are born. An Easter Egg Hunt is a fun activity we plan in April or March.
APRIL - April is a time set aside to learn about animals. Children have a great affinity for animals and really enjoy talking about their pets, or zoo, circus or backyard animals.
Children will have an opportunity to choose a variety of activities (free play) every day, including manipulative, dramatic play, blocks, listening center, library, science corner, and cooperative play. This time is also for the creative activity of the day, connected with the day’s lesson plan.
GROUP TIME- Periods of quiet alternating with periods of activity, pledge of allegiance, weather, calendar, story time, show and tell, games, records, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, conversations, and other activities for the group together.
ARTS AND CRAFT- Challenging gross and fine motor activities, hand-eye coordination with all kinds of painting (easel, finger, water color, feather, string etc.), cutting, gluing, pasting, including collage items. Activities with play-doh, water play, games, and small manipulative play, which includes readiness activities (basic colors, shapes, math skills, matching, and change of seasons).
OUTDOOR PLAY-MUSCLE ROOM- Teachers encourage outside play, weather permitting. A variety of equipment is provided for children to develop their bodies and coordination with climbing, crawling, and sliding. Sandbox, circle cycle, and snaps crawl set develop gross motor skills. The muscle room is used when the children are unable to go outside. Tricycles, wagons, moon buggy and other toys are used in the hallways. We will not go out if it is raining, snowing, or too cold. The staff will decide to limit outdoor play due to weather or safety concerns.
Throughout the year, teachers will post monthly newsletters and lesson plans in this section of the website so parents may know what stories and activities are taking place in their child’s classroom. This information will also be posted on the bulletin board inside the school. Newsletters are written and sent home with students at the beginning of each month. Snack lists are also posted. Please read newsletter and check our calendar for important dates.