Three Year Old Students

The three-year-old curriculum is presented through thematic units that provide both large and small group shared experiences, as well as an independent exploration. Students are provided academic foundations at his/her own level in an environment that builds confidence, self-esteem, trust, creativity, and intellectual expression.

Following the High Scope plan-do-review process, students will make plans, carry them out, and reflect on what they have done. This helps children become critical thinkers as they take initiative, solve problems, work with others, and accomplish their goals. Choosing time for students averages an hour in length and is devoted to planning time (what center are you going to and what will you do), work time (time spent in center), and recall time (discuss what they did and learned during work time).

Scope and Sequence

First Nine Weeks

  • Alphabet Awareness and Letter Recognition
  • Classroom Rules and Expectations
  • Shapes
  • Primary and Secondary Colors
  • Sorting and Matching
  • Name Recognition
  • Friendship and Manners
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Weather and Seasons
  • Fall (Holidays, Harvest, Leaves)
  • Fire and Personal Safety
  • Playground Safety

Second Nine Weeks

  • Letter and Number Recognition (1-9)
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Introducing Nursery Rhymes
  • Sequencing
  • Exposure to a variety of writing instruments
  • Use of standard and non-standard measurements for length, weight, and capacity
  • Use of senses to investigate objects and events
  • Cooking projects using tools, procedures, and measurements
  • Describing and comparing objects found in nature
  • Investigating states of matter
  • Animal Behaviors
  • Holiday & Cultural Celebrations

Third Nine Weeks

  • Letter & Number Recognition (0-10)
  • Letter and Shape Formation (Pre-Handwriting Skills)
  • Beginning to notice beginning letters in words
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Understanding that numbers represent a quantity and name “how many”
  • Patterns, Rhythms, Recall
  • Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Dr. Seuss, and National Holidays
  • Explore same, different, similar, opposites
  • Observing and describing the weather and how it changes; exploring seasons
  • Playground Safety
  • Practicing routine healthy behaviors

Fourth Nine Weeks

  • Knows order of the alphabet and recites in sequence
  • Language comprehension and vocabulary expansion
  • Comparing, Sorting, and Pattern Creation
  • Exploring and solving simple problems
  • Building an understanding of directionality and position
  • Natural Science discoveries: the needs of living things; life cycles; environment
  • Sink/Float; Wet/Dry; States of Matters; Rainbows and
    Color Spectrum; Animals; Identify Sun, Moon, and Stars