Blue Birds- 36-48 mo.

LWOF uses the “A Beka Book Curriculum” for ages 24 months and up:

ABeka Book is an outstanding faith based curriculum that will supply your child with beautifully colored textbooks to teach a variety of preschool skills.

Other things we know about your three year old and hope to help them learn:

  • ·         Exploring Senses: Three-year-olds learn primarily through exploring, using all the senses. While playing, they are learning to ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand. Often they will even persist in completing something that is a bit difficult. We will provide opportunities for them to think more creatively and methodically resulting in their need for solving problems.
  • ·         Language: Language for three-year-olds is taking off. They learn lots of new words and make major improvements in pronunciation. They communicate in simple sentences and are refining their use of grammar. We will seek every opportunity to prompt conversations, talk about areas of interest and relate personal experiences with those of others.
  • ·         Language Comprehension: Three-year-olds are also able to listen to and understand conversations, stories, songs and poems. They are learning their letters, but may also refer to numbers as “letters.” We will introduce print of varies forms in our environment as a way to encourage them to want to know what it means. We will also encourage and repeat written scribbles that will begin to appear more like letters as they practice. As they refine this skill they will become aware of the uses for writing and may even dictate words for adults to write down.
  • ·         Math & Logical Reasoning: Children this age develop their logical reasoning skills as they play. They can put together simple puzzles and understand that a whole object can be separated into parts. We will supply toys and items for them to classify and sort so they will begin to identify and describe objects that are the “same” or “different.” We will begin teaching them to count to 20 and advance to a higher amount by the end of our school year. We will also begin recognition of written numbers 1-20.
  • ·         Physical – Fine and Gross Motor Skills: Physically, three-year-olds are less top-heavy than toddlers and move with greater sureness. They have improved their abilities to run, climb and perform other large-muscle activities. We will provide scheduled outside times for them to fine tune these skills by riding stationary tricycles, pump a swing, catch a ball etc. We will help them improved finger dexterity by encouraging them to put together simple puzzles, use tools, hold crayons with fingers instead of fists, make balls and snakes out of clay, and using other manipulative items.
  • ·         Emotional: Emotionally, three-year-olds need familiar adults nearby for security as they explore and play. As they develop more independence, children this age begin to have real friendships with other children. When conflicts arise with peers, three-year-olds will typically seek adult assistance. We will be there for them as they begin learning to recognize the causes of feelings of others as well as their own feelings. We will give simple help, such as a hug- to those who are upset and cool-down times to collect themselves in times of frustration.
  • ·         Creative Experience: Three-year-olds build on their abilities in the creative arts by developing greater control over their voices and by recognizing, naming and singing their favorite songs, play simple rhythm instruments with a developing ability to control beat, tempo and pitch. Their art also begins to include recognizable subjects. They also love dramatic play and will sometimes get so involved in their imagined scenarios that they continue their roles even after the play stops. We will encourage their natural creative abilities by including music, movement and creative art supplies in our daily scheduled routine.