Intermediate Program (3-4 years old)

imageThree-year-olds are more secure, and ready for a higher level of challenge. Intermediate teachers weave a tapestry of fun and learning that continues to instill the young learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at the next level. Skills learned during this period include recognizing letter names, catching a bounced ball and beginning to understand the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. At this age we take a comprehensive approach to math, science, reading and writing readiness that includes many opportunities to experience the joy of learning. Outdoor play, activities in music, dance, dramatics, and art are integral part of our curriculum. Three-year-old’s are full of wonder. This is an exciting time for these young learners, who are changing physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. The focus is to give children the opportunity to learn through play in a loving, caring environment. They practice math and number concepts using age-appropriate materials to organize, sort, count, build, and sequence. They explore the world of science through weather, cooking, and seasonal activities. They develop motor skills and coordination while running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing, and catching in the play area. They demonstrate an emerging love of reading and writing, using growing literacy skills during read-aloud’s, shared readings, reading groups, and writing centers.

Children use language to share, communicate, and interact with friends. They enjoy books, stories, games, projects, and songs based on curricular themes that are introduced in a whole-group setting, and then extended to small-group work and individual lessons.

Our children begin to develop a rich vocabulary and use language on a daily basis through informal conversations with their teachers. They discover a new way to express themselves both in words and ideas. This allows their social world to expand even further. Days are filled with making meaning of every learning opportunity encountered at school. Our instruction in all academic subjects permits children to learn at their own pace. We select challenging levels of experience to meet each child’s individual needs.