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The Older Three Year Olds’ Class curriculum is thematic in approach. Academic skills that are developmentally appropriate for this specific age group are incorporated into the class’s weekly lesson plans. Academic skills such as, math language arts, science, art, music, social studies, and physical education, are just some areas of focus. The curriculum for this class has been carefully developed to be age appropriate and to nurture the love of learning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. We find that three year olds are very eager to explore, investigate, and discover the world around them and provide many opportunities within the class curriculum foster this natural curiosity.
Three year olds are also eager to express themselves. Oral language development is encouraged through one on one conversation with the teacher about areas that interest the individual students. The teacher listens carefully to each child and responds thoughtfully and carefully, modeling appropriate conversational skills. During circle time children are encouraged to participate in discussions about their life experiences, current events, and the thematic weekly topics. Children are taught to take turns in conversation and taught how to be good listeners and good conversationalists. Finger plays, rhymes, and songs increase the oral language development and are part of the daily lesson plans. A variety of written language experiences are offered in this class. Literature is read on a daily basis and the students have an opportunity to look at books from the class library. The students in this class have many opportunities to develop print awareness. They learn to recognize their name in print as well as recognize their classmates’ names. Children are also given opportunities to dictate stories to their teacher. The students in this class learn letter recognition and are introduced to the phonetic letter sounds. The students are provided many opportunities at pre-writing skills.
Math is taught daily through the calendar and through hands-on learning math games that are presented in both small and large groups. Hands-on math manipulatives make learning math concepts easy and fun. Children learn to count, recognize numerals, understand number value, sort, pattern, and learn geometric shapes. They also are able to classify objects and sequence events. Math concepts are taught with concrete objects in a fun way. The students become quite adept at math concepts.
Social Studies and Science are integrated into the curriculum. Social Studies is incorporated into the class curriculum as the children learn about the world around them. They learn about themselves, their families, their friends, their community, our country, and our national holidays as well as various cultural holidays. Through the different educational science themes presented in the curriculum the class learns about weather, plants, and animals. The class has a hands-on Science Center for children to explore.
The class daily participates in a morning devotion time and attends chapel weekly where they hear stories from the Bible, sing songs of praise, and learn to pray from the heart. They come to know Jesus as their friend and Savior. The students are taught to show God’s love to others throughout the day.