Three Year Olds
Three year olds are often described as being in transition. They more closely resemble 4 and 5 year old pre-schoolers than 2 year old toddlers. What sets them apart more than anything else is their new-found ability to express themselves in words and ideas. Their social/emotional development and physical development is typically more sustained and focused than toddlers’ play.
Our goal is to promote their listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. As children learn to listen and speak, they gain control of themselves and their world, relate effectively to others, and gather and store more and more information.
Three year olds are exploding with thoughts and ideas. They use all of their senses to make sense of the world around them. However, the ability of threes to classify and understand their world is only at a beginning level. They can sort objects but usually by only one characteristic at a time. Their egocentric nature generally keeps them from seeing another person’s point of view.
Each day consists of daily routines, large group time, small group time, and center time. This includes active and quiet times, indoor and outdoor play times, and time for children to select their own activities and for teacher directed activities.