Three Year Old Program
Our learning focused environment creates daily opportunities for our students to develop and explore friendships and to extend their ever-growing social skills. Each day, we teach Language Arts, Math, Social Studies/Science with hands-on activities, which turns learning into play! Music is closely integrated with our curriculum and used to seamlessly enhance learning experiences. Art, a favorite part of the day, is packed with fun-filled activities that involve a great variety of materials. Open-ended activities, which is a core part of our Art program, allow for creative expression and growth on an individual basis. Spanish, Computer and Physical Education are also a key part of our weekly lessons. View a sample daily schedule and check out the classroom's photo gallery for images from a typical day at school. Visit the staff page to meet our teachers.
We offer a varied attendance schedule in this classroom with choices ranging from two half-days (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) to five full days (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) We are proud to have achieved and maintained Maryland State Department of Education Early Childhood Accreditation since 2005!
The Three Year Old Language Arts program is integrated into every part of the day. Students develop an appreciation for literature through stories, puppets, and feltboards. Exposure to letters and sounds is taught through books and hands-on activities. Pre-writing activities are also a big part of the program. Students use tracing boards and easels to practice the motions of straight and curved lines for beginning writing. Playdough, hole punchers, and other materials are also used to strengthen muscles and develop fine motor skills. The Language Arts program provides a child-centered, interactive environment for students to nurture their love of reading.
The Math program is taught through games and activities which expose students to fundamental math concepts such as colors, shapes, sorting, and patterns. Number recognition (0-5) is a focus of the program as well. Students learn to identify and quantify numbers and focus on one-to-one correspondence through hands-on activities which are a part of the daily program.
The main objective of the Three Year Old Social Studies program is to help students gain a better understanding of self-concept and to build self-confidence through positive interaction with others. The Second Step program is used to teach students the importance of understanding their feelings and the feelings of others. Students learn about fairness, conflict resolution, and good manners through a series of role playing activities, puppet shows, and songs. Students also focus on family roles and the make up of their community through the winter workshop in January. The classroom is transformed into a restaurant, doctor office, and post office throughout the month as students actively explore places in their community.
The Science program is based on the MSDE approved curriculum Peep and the Big Wide World, which celebrate curiosity and the joy of discovery. The curriculum invites preschoolers to investigate their world exploring water, sound, plants, color, shadows and ramps. Open-ended activities, exploration in the discovery table, and outdoor adventures are used to stimulate learning and expand their curiosity.
Our art philosophy is "It's the process not the product"! This allows students the chance to explore the world around them, ask questions, and see how things work. Process art fits in with how children learn because it allows them room to be themselves, make their own decisions, and just create. Children will express themselves creatively through the visual arts, music, dance and drama. In addition to using the arts to create, children will begin to develop an awareness and appreciation for the art of others. Children are provided with daily opportunities to create art through the use of various mediums and multiple art techniques. Art is also integrated into the other subject areas through music, dance and drama.
Music is also integrated into every aspect of the curriculum on a daily basis. A structured half hour music class is taught weekly for students to explore beat, rhythm, and instruments, and to learn how to respond to music through movement. Students learn fingerplays and listen to the words in songs to practice following directions and listening skills. Music is used to enrich the curriculum through letter and number recognition as well as songs about science and social studies concepts.
Physical education is gained through many opportunities for outside play on the playground. Students take part in a physical education lessons to promote fitness, build healthy bodies, and self esteem. They also work on skills such as skipping, balancing, and running to increase coordination and help develop large motor skills. Students also have opportunities to experience yoga and dance.
Students in the Three-Year-Old class explore technology through an integrated technology program. The choice of educational games and activities are pulled from themes in the curriculum, so that computers becomes a part of student learning. Technology is also used as a teaching tool for various lessons and for students to watch interactive videos which allow them to travel beyond the classroom.
The program's goal is to expose and acquire Spanish language through an age appropriate method and creative curriculum. Classes are theme oriented which include
weather, calendar, games, numbers, ABC's, opposites, holidays, music and movement,
storytelling, colors, shapes, and a lot more, all in Spanish!
Our Commitment to Excellence
In 2015, A Child's Garden became one of the only Early Childhood Programs in Anne Arundel County to be awarded the highest rating (check level 5) under the Maryland EXCELS program based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices.
In 2005, A Child’s Garden joined the very few independent preschool programs to be accredited by the Maryland Department of Education Early Childhood Accreditation Project. This means our management, staff and curricula meet the highest standards in Maryland.