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Three Year Olds

Classroom Concepts

  • Accomplish many self-help activities

  • Develop awareness and a sense of respect for self and others

  • Participate in conversations

  • Circle Time and Small Group Activities that build confidence in group participation and discussion

  • Introduce letters of the alphabet and other early literacy concepts

  • Introduce handwriting skills though drawing and tracing

  • Tracing and writing upper case letters and first names

  • Build knowledge of the world through observation and awareness of surroundings

  • Increase phonemic and print awareness

  • Increase and enhance math concepts, such as counting, number identification, one-to-one correspondence, simple graphing and patterns

  • Build an understanding of small quantities and the concept of "one more"

  • Increase sensory awareness through sensory activities and play

  • Incorporate music into daily routines

  • Explore artistic expression freely through a variety of media

  • Demonstrate hand-eye coordination through exploration and manipulation of objects

  • Acquire capacity to cooperatively play with others

  • Self-help skills that increase independence


Our curriculum is literacy-based and focuses on language development and social/emotional growth. Books and thematic activities, along with enrichment materials, continue to provide three-year olds with a rich awareness of the world around them and establish a foundation for reading, science, and math. Increase opportunities allow children to explore themes and individual interests through hands-on activities and science experiments. Focus on academics happens in large and small group settings as well as in one-on-one instruction.

Added Values

  • Developmental screenings twice a year (fall and spring) to assess student progress  and growth

  • Teachers use screening results to assess skill levels and target specific developmental achievements or deficits in order to individualize instruction

  • Teachers communicate with parents throughout the day through messages and pictures so that parents feel part of their child's learning and development while at High Hopes

A Three Year Old's Day at High Hopes

  • Learning Centers (Blocks, Manipulatives, Cozy Corner, Imaginative Play)

  • A balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities

  • Circle Time

  • Outdoor/Gross Motor Play

  • Art and Sensory Activities

  • Nap 

  • Lunch and Snack

  • Lots of TLC

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