Keeping in mind that all children develop at their own pace, Howell Preschoolers has designed two separate curriculums; one for threes and one for fours. Threes and fours attend school in their own separate classrooms, but there are always opportunities to visit and meet new friends.
In the three year old classroom the focus is on providing a welcoming and engaging first school experience. The classroom is a safe and interactive place for busy and curious threes. Projects, games and teacher instruction are age appropriate and planned in advance by our threes teacher. Activities are centered around meeting curriculum goals for three year olds.
In the four year old classroom the focus is on introducing class work and projects to build upon developing skills. Knowing that Kindergarten places a lot of responsibility on children we use the four year old school year to transition children into attentive and contented learners. Projects, games and teacher instruction are planned in advance by our fours teacher. Using creative projects and games we focus on basic skills necessary for success in elementary school.
THREE YEAR OLD PROGRAM GOALS
Follow simple classroom rules and two step directions. Sit quietly in large group.
Participate in large group time by singing, playing games and answering questions.
Begin holding a writing instrument correctly. Trace and draw vertical, horizontal and curved lines.
Begin to trace their own name. Practice holding scissors correctly, cut in a straight line. Scribble or draw with purpose.
Counts by rote to at least 10 Begin to sort and pattern materials.
Make predictions about simple experiments and future events.
Name basic shapes and colors consistently.
Recognize first name. Learn city and state.
Name family members and friends in class.
Participate in a variety of activities including sensory play, art, music and movement.
Verbally articulate thoughts, feelings and requests.
Meet new friends and learn to play Cooperatively. Share space and materials.
Use the bathroom and wash hands with little assistance.
Take care of their napkin and cup at snack.
Work on putting on their own coat. Line up in the hallway and classroom.