3/4 Year Old Program

Our 3 year old program:
            We work with the children to reach these goals

FINE MOTOR
To develop and strengthen eye-hand coordination
To introduce scissors skills
To be able to manipulate a variety of writing tools and paint
To be able to assemble simple puzzles
To be able to manipulate clay; finger paints
To be able to copy simple shapes, such as a cross or circle
To be able to stack blocks up to nine high

GROSS MOTOR
To be able to throw a ball in general direction desired
To be able to kick a large ball in general direction desired
To be able to catch a large ball from 3 feet
To be able to pedal a tricycle in a straight line


LITERACY
To be exposed to a variety of literature
To model written language through journalizing
To develop comprehension skills
To be exposed to rhyming words

MATH
To recognize shapes (square, circle, triangle)
To develop sorting and matching skills
To be able to count to 10

SCIENCE
To gain an understanding of cause and effect
To have numerous hands-on opportunities

ART
To recognize colors
To expose children to a variety of media
To encourage creativity through a variety of open-ended art activities
To experience cause and effect through various art activities


MUSIC
To expose children to different styles of music
To foster listening skills and promote sound awareness
To encourage children to feel free and interact with music through singing and physical movement
To encourage enjoyment of and creativity through music

Language and Thinking Development
Matches pictures to objects
Learns by doing and through the senses
Understand concepts of "now," "soon," and "later"
Begins to recognize cause-and-effect relationships

Social and Emotional Development
Follows simple directions; enjoys helping with household tasks
Begins to recognize own limits — asks for help
Able to make choices between two things
Begins to notice other people’s moods and feelings

Your child is no longer a toddler, your 3-year-old takes in knowledge about himself/herself and the world around them.
Transitions are difficult at this age. We provide warning of changes so your child has time to shift gears.
Rituals are important. Household routines and schedules give your 3-year-old a sense of security.
We point out colors and numbers in the course of everyday conversation: “You’re wearing your blue shirt” or “We made six cupcakes.”
We encourage independent activity to build self-reliance.
We provide lots of sensory experiences for learning and developing coordination — sand, mud, finger paints, puzzles.

 

Our 4 year old Program
            We work with the children to reach these goals.

Motor Development: Gross Motor Skills
Running is more controlled; can start, stop, and turn
Turns somersaults; hops on one foot; gallops
Can easily catch, throw, and bounce a ball
Walks on tiptoe, broad jumps
Walks on a balance beam
Can balance on one foot
Climb and descend stairs with alternating feet

Motor Development: Fine Motor Skills
Develops and strengthen eye-hand coordination
Writes name using correct upper and lower case letters
Copies crosses and squares
Prints letters
Cuts on a line
Hand preference is established
Laces (but cannot tie) shoes
Gasps pencil with pincer grasp
Colors within lines
Cuts and pastes simple shapes

LITERACY
To be exposed to a variety of literature
To develop comprehension skills
T o recognize rhyming words
To recognize upper and lower case alphabet
To recognize beginning phonic sounds

MATH
To recognize shapes (star, rectangle, oval, diamond, square, circle, triangle)
To develop sorting, matching and graphing skills
To be able to identify existing patterns, copy patterns and create new patterns
To be able to count to 30
To recognize numbers 1-10
To begin simple addition with manipulatives

SCIENCE
To gain an understanding of cause and effect
To have numerous hands-on opportunities

ART
To recognize colors
To encourage creativity through a variety of open-ended art activities
To experience cause and effect through various art activities

MUSIC
To expose children to different styles of music
To foster listening skills and promote sound awareness
To encourage children to feel free and interact with music through singing and physical movement
To develop a feeling for rhythm

 

Language and Thinking Development
Understands words that relate one idea to another — if, why, when
Continues to learn through experience and the senses
Understands, mostly, the difference between fantasy and reality
Understands number and space concepts — more, less, bigger, in, under, behind
Begins to grasp that pictures and symbols can represent real objects
Starts to recognize patterns among objects — round things, soft things, animals
Grasps the concepts of past, present, and future but does not understand the duration of time
Speaks fluently; correctly uses plurals, pronouns, tenses
Understands and names opposites

 

Social and Emotional Development
Takes turns, shares, and cooperates
Expresses anger verbally rather than physically
Enjoys pretending and has a vivid imagination
Plays make-believe and dresses up
Silly, imaginative, and energetic, your child loves to try new words and new activities.
Four year-olds crave adult approval. We provide lots of positive encouragement.
We display calendars to help your child visualize the concept of time.
We offer opportunities for sorting, matching, counting, and comparing.
We encourage fine motor skills by letting your child cut pictures out of magazines, string beads, or play with take-apart, put-together toys.
We help your child recognize his/her emotions by using words to describe them: "I see you’re sad at me right now."

 

Children want to learn many new and exciting things.  When your child has reached the goals for the 3 and 4 year old program I focus on the rest of these goals:

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (Oral to Written Language)

  1. To have developed the concept of a story (by creating stories, listening to, retelling in sequence and applying information from stories to daily living)
  2. To be able to follow one, two and three step directions
  3. To be able to listen and retell directions and/or basic concepts taught
  4. To speak in correct, meaningful sentences
  5. To be able to tell a story both orally and through drawing pictures

FINE MOTOR

  1. To be able to grasp correctly
  2. To be able to cut on lines with scissors
  3. To be able to tie, zipper, button, snap
  4. To recognize and write upper and lower case letters correctly on lined paper

READING

  1. To be able to identify letter names and corresponding sounds both in an out of alphabetical order
  2. To be able to identify initial and final consonants in words
  3. To recognize rhyming words
  4. To be able to recognize similarities and differences between objects or groups of objects
  5. To be able to recognize topics and details in stories
  6. To be able to identify sequential relationships
  7. To be able to follow across a page in a left/right progression

MATHEMATICS

  1. To be able to write the numbers 0-12
  2. To be able to count sets of objects through 10, using one to one correspondence
  3. To be able to order objects (first, second, Third, fourth and fifth)
  4. To be able to recognize and be able to use location concept words (over, under, above, next to, larger, smaller, between, zero, forward, every, separate, half, back, nearest, farthest)
  5. To be able to classify objects in sets
  6. To be able to solve problems using pictures and patterns
 
We provide daycare , birthday parties and camps for children between 18 months and kindergarden from the following communities: Troy, Brunswick, Pittstown, Grafton, East Greenbush, Averill Park, Cropseyville, Tamarac, Spiegeltown, Hoosic Falls,
Hoosic Valley and Melrose

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