In many cases, this will be the child’s first experience with being away from home in a school setting. It is important that the experience be positive and growth-producing for children and parents alike. Our supportive environment will encourage social growth in your three year old child. A low child-to-adult ratio helps develop trusting relationships with other adults and supports positive social experiences with other preschool-age children.
Curriculum is developmentally appropriate for the age of the children in the class. Furthermore, it is recognized that children have individual rates of development in addition to individual interests, temperaments and learning styles. Intermediate children focus on early literacy, language development, reasoning and early math and science skills, independence and self-regulation, and creativity and self-expression. Stimulating, planned activities will provide a basis for exploration and discovery and will invite your child to become actively involved in his/her new school.
The Intermediate class for three year olds meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30. We follow the Poudre School District Schedule for Winter and Spring breaks, and classes will begin in the fall after Labor Day and end in the spring before Memorial Day.
Goals for Three Year Olds
Social and Emotional Development
- Increase abilities to relate positively with adults in the classroom environment
- Begin to develop the abilities to interact with peers respectfully
- Develop the ability to purposefully choose and persist in experiences and activities
- Develop problem-solving strategies
- Develop a positive sense of self in terms of abilities, characteristics and preferences
- Increase abilities to regulate behavior and express emotions
Language and Literacy
- Increase both listening and speaking vocabulary
- Encourage the child to initiate, listen and respond during conversation
- Engage each child in early reading experiences
- Promote the development of visual and auditory memory skills
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Engage in counting, quantifying and comparison activities
- Encourage children to observe, describe and predict the world around them
- Provide a beginning understanding of different cultures and traditions
- Increase understanding of the characteristics of living things
- Enhance knowledge of health habits and to be responsible for personal care needs
- Further develop large motor skills such as running, jumping, galloping skipping, climbing
- Further develop motor planning skills
- Provide maximum opportunities to develop the fine motor skills needed for drawing, cutting with scissors and writing
- Provide opportunity for movement and music activities
- Explore art with a variety of media
- Provide opportunity for dramatic play experiences.