Class size will be limited to 12 children. One teacher and one aide will conduct this class. A child must be three years old by January 1st to enroll in this class.
CURRICULUMThe Essentials Curriculum contains 39 themes each uniting a Letter of the Alphabet with a Bible story, a relevant theme, and a social emotional issue (character value). Essentials intentionally includes activities to reach all learning styles – auditory, visual, tactual, and kinesthetic. This curriculum meets all the standards upheld by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework and is taught using the Cycle of Intentional Teaching which keeps in mind the needs of the individual child.
- Art is used as a teaching device, as well as a fun way to play, in the preschool class. Freedom with art supplies encourages using the imagination and is also a good release for emotions. Eye-hand coordination is also developed.
- Cooking is included in our curriculum at Sonshine. Keeping food allergies in mind, each recipe is chosen carefully. Besides learning about the major food groups, the children are more likely to eat something they have made. This is also is a good time to encourage math and science through measuring and mixing and cooking.
- Language Development includes time set aside in group time for shoe and tell, discussions about different subjects, letter recognition and symbolic writing and random letter writing, and most importantly, books.
- Creative Dramatics and Movement encourages free expression and also allows the imagination to surface. This is done through the use of puppets, dress up clothes, blocks, and various props added to the classroom.
- Games and Social Activities as a group happen often in the 3 year old classroom. Games that are played in a group teach the children how to cooperate with one another, and learn to take turns.
- Math is taught through games adapted to follow the theme of the day. For example, counting how many crackers were eaten at snack time. Other games include identifying shapes, numbers, patterns, ordering, sorting, measuring and comparisons.
- Science ideas that are simple to adults often are magic to the your preschooler. The children are introduced to the meteorology, biology, chemistry and physics in very simple forms.
- Music is used as an important teaching tool in the 3 year old class. It is easy to remember the rules at school when a song is sung to remind the children what to do next. Music activities include marching, clapping a pattern, creative movement, playing the band instruments, and listening to CD’s. Anything can be taught through music.
- Physical Development is included through using large muscle play on our playground or large motor room through activity tapes, parachute play, obstacle courses, or races.
THREE YEAR OLD SCHEDULE 8:00 – 8:50 Arrival/ hand washing/ check in / story time or free choice 8:50 Centers 9:25 Clean Up 9:30 Circle Time 9:45 Music and Movement 10:00 Bathroom and Hand Washing 10:15 Snack Time 10:30 Bible Story 10:40 Language and Art 11:00 Large Motor 11:20 Library 11:30 Math and Science 11:50 Celebrate the Day 12:00 Dismissal of Half Day Students 12:05 Tootie Tot ( Gym Time) 12:25 Hand Washing for Lunch 12:30 Lunch 12:50 Bathroom 1:00 Rest Time (Sleepers can sleep til 3:00) 2:00 Resters go to Arts and Crafts/Dramatic Play, Blocks, Games or Manipulatives 2:30 Dismissal for Full Day Students 3:30 Hand Washing and Snack 3:45 Story Time 4:00 Large Motor/Recess 5:15 Closing
- FREE PLAY: Children will have an opportunity to choose a variety of activities (free play) every day, including manipulative, dramatic play, blocks, library, art room, science corner, and cooperative play. This time is also for the creative activity of the day, connected with the day’s lesson plan.
- GROUP TIME: Periods of quiet alternating with periods of activity, weather, calendar, story time, show and tell, games, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, conversations, and other activities for the group together.
- ARTS AND CRAFTS: Challenging gross and fine motor activities hand-eye coordination with all kinds of painting (easel, finger, water color, feather, string etc.) cutting, gluing, pasting, including collage items. Activities with play-doh, water play, games, and small manipulative play, which includes readiness activities ,basic colors, shapes, math skills matching, and change of seasons)
- LANGUAGE: Basic Writing Stages will be introduced with symbolic writing and scribble writing which will lead to random letter writing. Letter Recognition games and letter sound puppets will be introduced as well as environmental print and name recognition
- MATH: Number Recognition, one-to-one correspondence, measurement, patterning games, number bingo, sorting and classifying
- SCIENCE: Exploring our world through the five senses every day.
BULLETIN BOARD Throughout the year, teachers will post monthly newsletters and lesson plans in this section of the website so parents may know what stories and activities are taking place in their child’s classroom. This information will also be posted on the bulletin board outside the classroom. Newsletters are written and sent home with students at the beginning of each month. Snack lists are also posted. Please read newsletter and check our calendar for important dates.