Curriculum Goals for 3 Year Old Classes

At SPS, our 3s classes spend every day learning through play! With specials like music, Spanish, P.E., and Library throughout the week plus a full half hour of recess every day, all of our children get a wonderfully full day of learning and moving. The 3s classes join our Pre-K classes for chapel on the first Tuesday of every month.

Cognitive Growth

  • Provide learning activities in language arts.   

    • receptive language

    • expressive language and increasing vocabulary

    • pre-writing activities using crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and fingerpaints, water paints with small brushes   

    • visual discrimination through matching, finding hidden objects, sequencing activities, color naming

    • introductory activities for letter recognition

  • Provide concrete activities in pre-math and logical thinking skills.

    • sorting, classifying, matching, patterns

    • sequencing and recalling sequence of events

    • counting

    • one-to-one correspondence

    • beginning number recognition

    • memory skills

  • Provide learning experiences in science.

    • growing and the care of living things

    • cooking activities

    • gathering and collecting things from nature

    • simple experiments

    • activities to enhance observation skills and develop concepts such as same and different

  • Provide a wide range of art and music activities.

  • Facilitate creative and make-believe play

    • with objects

    • about situations

    • assuming pretend roles

    • interacting with other children

  • Provide opportunities to express self through music, art, and movement.

  • Provide opportunities to begin learning Spanish.

Physical Growth

  • Provide opportunities for large muscle development, muscle and limb control.

  • Provide opportunities for small muscle development.

  • Provide opportunities to develop spatial skills, hand-eye coordination, balance and coordination.

  • Encourage good habits of health and safety.

Emotional Growth

  • Provide a safe, healthy and secure environment away from home.

  • Provide a welcoming atmosphere of joy and warmth for the child.

  • Provide a nurturing atmosphere and become a significant, consistent adult in the child’s life.

  • Create an environment that encourages curiosity, discovery and exploration.

  • Provide experiences that will increase child’s positive self-image, sense of competence and pride in accomplishments.

  • Provide experiences to develop qualities of responsibility, initiative, and independence.

  • Provide opportunities to expand attention span, including practice working independently, sitting still, concentrating, following directions, and persevering until a task is finished.

Social Growth

  • Encourage building friendships among all class members.

  • Encourage sharing and taking turns.

  • Encourage and model understanding and respecting differences.

  • Encourage child to accept responsibility for maintaining classroom environment.

  • Encourage child to work cooperatively with others.

  • Encourage child to resolve conflicts constructively.

  • Encourage child to share adults with other children.

  • Encourage child to attempt to conform to rules and follow directions.

  • Provide child opportunities to practice thoughtfulness and giving.

  • Encourage respect for authority, property, and the rights of others.


Spiritual Growth

  • Encourage and model showing love for each other.

  • Demonstrate and encourage consciousness of God.

  • Guide in development of ecological values and concern for God’s world.

  • Help children recognize differences and likenesses in people and to show acceptance.

  • Provide learning experiences about Christmas and Easter.

  • Introduce rituals of thankfulness and concern.