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Room 109

Age on August 15: Older 3's (43-47 Months)

Maximum Class Size: 14 Students

Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1-7

Classroom Concepts:

  • Increase precision of grasp in using writing tools

  • Learn to associate written letters to the sounds they make

  • Begin to use scissors

  • Understand and follow basic safety rules

  • Gain control over impulses

  • Engage in cooperative play with other children

  • Increase development of gross motor skills, i.e. kick a ball while maintaining balance, agility in simple climbing tasks

  • Increase self-help skills, including mastery of sanitary routines

  • Participate actively in group activities

  • Develop ability to work independently

  • Participate in a variety of dramatic play activities

  • Use reasoning skills and imagination when planning ways to make things happen

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

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

  • Introduce handwriting skills through tracing and writing first names and upper case letters

  • 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 the daily routine

  • 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 other children

  • Self-help skills that increase independence

  • Participate in conversations

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Added Values of Room 109

Developmental screenings are conducted twice yearly, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late Spring, to assess student progress and growth.  This allows teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child.  Daily communication is sent home on each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.


Our curriculum is literacy-based and focused 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. Increased opportunities 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.

The purpose of discipline in the classroom is to teach children self-discipline. Positive reinforcement is used to foster good behavior in the classroom.  Redirection is also used consistently to help children focus on options and activities that are available.  If behavior issues persist, the teachers work closely with the parents and our therapy staff to develop strategies to help modify behavior.

A typical toddler day includes:
  • Learning Centers (Blocks, Manipulatives, Cozy Corner, Imaginative Play, Free Art, Writing Center)
  • Visual schedules that help children navigate their day
  • Calendar and weather activities that help children relate to their environment
  • Classroom jobs giving children the opportunity to build self-esteem and sense of responsibility
  • Story Time with Songs and Puppets
  • Outdoor Play or Indoor Gross Motor Play
  • Art, Sensory, and/or Fine Motor Activities
  • Nap
  • Lunch and Snack with Friends
  • Lots of TLC
*Diapers are changed when necessary, or every 2 hours, whichever comes first, or as requested by parents.
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