Preschool Programming (3-Year Olds)
"I go to sleep thinking about my children being spoiled and I wake up thinking about it."
~ Adam Sandler
March 2021 News!
Our commitment to quality care enhances our Preschool Program through our hands-on, theme based curriculum, which allows children to make good choices and be successful. At each stage of preschool development careful consideration is given to classroom arrangement and selection of developmentally appropriate toys and equipment to enhance the development of the children. The preschool classroom revolves around 8 interest areas: creative arts, blocks, dramatic play, book corner, manipulatives, math, science and sensory. Insterest areas are enriched with engaging activities corresponding with the theme. Children interact with a variety of materials to discover and learn. It is through this child-directed play and fun that preschoolers are actually learning concepts such as counting, letter recognition, sounds, shapes, colors sequencing and listening skills in prepartion for kindergarten.
Arts for Kids has a written program of activities planned according to the developmental level of each group of children and intended to expose children to a variety of cultures. The program will give each child experiences that will encourage the following:
Self esteem and positive self-images
Self-expression and communication skills
Large and small muscle development
Sample Daily Pre-School Schedule
6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast/Free Play
8:30 - 8:45 Bathroom Break
8:45 - 9:00 Classroom areas
9:00 - 9:15 Snack
9:30 - 10:15 Outdoor Activities
10:15 - 11:00 Special Interest Areas (Art, Cooking, Science, etc)
11:00 - 11:15 Clean-Up Classroom
11:15 - 11:30 Bathroom Break
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 Rest/Nap
2:00 - 2:15 Bathroom Break
2:15 - 2:30 Snack
2:30 - 3:15 Classroom Activities
3:15 - 4:00 Outdoor Activities
4:00 - 4:30 Storytime, Song, Fingerplays
4:30 - 6:00 Special Interest Areas (Puzzles, Computer, Art, etc.)
We’ve had a great winter, but we’re ready for a warm up.
Coming up in March we are learning all about pets. We will find out how to take care of them and what they need.
We’re taking a trip to the circus after that. The Greatest Show in town! We’ll play carnival games and do circus tricks.
Sing us a song of the Emerald Isle, it’s St. Patrick’s Day!
We will celebrate the luck of the Irish with treasure hunts, leprechaun traps and shamrocks.
The spring equinox is finally here, and we will learn all about what happens in spring.
With spring weather comes animals! We will wake up the woods and see what animals are doing in spring.
Last month was a great time! We got to see if the groundhog was going to give us early spring or longer winter, sadly longer winter.
Our Valentine’s party was a blast and everyone got lots of treats, yum.
We pretended to take a trip around the world. Last was space and boy did they have fun learning about planets.
This month we will start with Dr. Seuss Week, my favorite while also celebrating his birthday.
Next will be March Madness for any basketball fans. Then we will move on to St. Patrick’s Day and who knows maybe we will be able to catch the Leprechaun this year!
Next is spring, Yay! I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring!
Last we will talk about Easter and have an Easter egg hunt!
Just a reminder to please check your child’s cubby for papers or to take items home. During the winter with all the snow gear and things from home there is not much
room. Thank you!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Wow you can really tell that February is short, time just flew by this month! We loved learning through our themes of Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s Day, Around the World and Outer Space. During Groundhogs Day/week we loved learning all about the meaning of the groundhog’s shadow but we especially loved making our yummy chocolate zucchini groundhog hole muffins. The next week love was in the air during Valentines week. We had so much fun talking about the people we love and making delicious strawberry white chocolate muffins. Then we finished out the week by having a super fun valentines party, full of yummy snacks, valentines cards/gifts and musical chairs! Following Valentines week we began our theme of around the world, we learned about different parts of the world and even made our own crab rangoons! Finally we finished out the month strong with outer space week. We spent time looking at what earth looks like from space and creating tons of fun space themed artwork. This month we have also taken a stronger focus on developing our critical reading skills, by asking ourselves what it is we just listened to
during our story time. With more of our friends in the class continuing to get older and having birthdays we will continue learning and growing with strong focuses on fine motor skills, self help skills, name/letter recognition, and counting through our themes of Dr. Seuss, March madness/sports, St Patrick’s Day, Spring and Easter.
As always if you ever have any questions, concerns or specific goals you would like me to work on with your child please feel free to let me know in person or via HiMama.
Here’s to a safe and hopefully early Spring!
--Ms. Nash and the 3 II’s