In our Thrilling Three room we provide learning experiences for your 3 yr. old. Our toddler program strives to meet the needs of each toddler in our care. All learning takes place in a loving, stimulating setting.
Physical Development & Health to include; interaction with environment, walking and running with coordination, fine motor skills, and maintenance of healthy growth.
Social Development to include; following directions, interaction with peers (to include back-and-forth play & sharing), relationship with other children, and responding to others feelings.
Emotional Development to include; feeling secure, identity of self, perseverance & satisfaction with progress, emotional regulation and impulse control.
Language and Literacy Development to include; understanding of directions, expressing needs wants & interests, listening to books and responding appropriately.
Cognitive Development to include; cause and effect, special relationships, imitation, recognition of different amounts of things, and understanding object’s connection to each other.
Routines to include; understanding personal care and sleep routines.
Having Fun! Learning standards are great, but at Little Explorer’s Learning Center all children have fun too!
Three yr olds Developmental Domains
Expressive Arts, Personal & Social Development
- Learn to sing songs linked with routine, season & nursery rhymes.
- Explore instrumental and environmental sounds.
- Create self-portraits and ‘Birthday flowers’ for wall display.
- Explore different materials and media to create paintings, drawings, models and collages.
- Explore transient art especially ‘Big group art’ each week with natural material and loose parts.
- Role-play familiar situations outside and inside e.g. in ‘Home center’.
- Small world train set, cars, people and animals to play co-operatively, take turns etc.
Communication & Language/Literacy
- Begin daily phonics sessions-Letters and sounds phase 1- listening activities- matching sounds, sound walks and instrumental sounds.
- Read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books following the children’s interests and linking to topic e.g. Owl babies, Stick man, Humpty Dumpty, Autumn etc.
- Learn nursery rhymes and repeated phrases in stories.
- Speaking and listening opportunities- news time, plan-do-review.
- Encourage talk during small group time and when planning own activities.
- Build vocabulary by taking time to speak and listen with adults and peers about experiences at home and in class.
- Learn to handle books and resources with care.
- Recognize own and other names visually through self-registration, planning board etc.
Understanding the World
- Talk about the children, their families and home life during circle time.
- Discuss day, time, season, weather with children each day.
- Go on an autumnal walk. What is changing? Why are some leaves falling? Explore natural materials.
- Plan for ‘Woodland Wednesday’ each week with ‘Forest school’ type activities linked to children’s current interests.
- Understand we can grow our own food and use senses to collect, prepare, cook (if necessary) and taste fruit and vegetables grown at school and collected from environment.
- Technology: children to use cameras to capture their local environment and autumnal walk.
- Finger gym station- provide weekly fine motor challenges, alongside dough disco, to develop fine motor.
- Action songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Hand Washing etc. linked to topic.
- Gross motor skills outside during free flow play e.g. scooters, climbing and indoor soft play.
- Develop an understanding of healthy eating, good personal hygiene and need for rest, sleep & time to think & reflect.
- Know how to stay safe and happy in class and at home.
- Count orally to 3 and beyond.
- Begin to recognize numerals to 3.
- Learn number rhymes using props and actions.
- Begin to develop 1:1 correspondence with touch counting objects (3 and beyond)
- Introduce vocabulary in role play, sand & water situations such as bigger, smaller, fewer, less and more.
- Counting body parts- How many toes do we have? Etc.
- Sort natural and man-made objects according to their properties.
- Begin to recognize numbers of personal significance.
- Develop the outside role play shed using children’ s ideas and interests with outfits etc.
- Learn how to care for garden: water, weed, plant and harvest fruit from trees and vegetables from garden to eat.
- Find different routes around area using balancing and climbing skills.
- Create games with baskets, skittles, bowling and gutters & collects scores with tally marks and numbers.
- Use bikes/scooters to develop physical activity.
- Large scale model building and create climbing opportunities.
- Explore kitchen and make portions with natural materials material’s e.g. mint, lavender, & herbs from the garden and link to senses.