Our 3 year olds are eager to show their independence and their desire to be ‘’in control.’’ This is a critical time for children to develop independence in social, emotional and physical behavior. Our preschool curriculum, Abecka, fosters young children’s ability to become self-directed and self-reliant by offering them choices whenever possible while introducing social guidelines for group participation. At this stage, the children are very interested in participating in small group activities and fantasy play as they develop a strong sense of self. Sharing and developing good social skills are an important part of their daily experiences.

Each week your child will develop language, reading, writing, and math skills appropriate to his or her stage of development using the ABeka Curriculum. During class time, we will also focus on prayer, pledges to the Christian and American flags, songs, and Bible stories.

Social Development

Work and play in small group – Encourage parallel play – Encourage sharing

Language/Literacy Development

Colors – Shapes – Counting and number recognition – Days of the week – Recognize their written name

Children love to learn new things. With the Abeka Language Development Visuals,children develop their language and listening skills as they learn about and discuss God’s creation and the people and world around them. Ninety-nine topics include science, health, safety, manners, community helpers, geography, history, family, colors, and shapes.

Abeka Letters and Sounds for 3s is a beginning ABC book for three-year-olds. Each new letter is introduced by an animal alphabet friend. This animal friend helps the child recognize the letter and learn the letter’s sound.

Letters and Sounds for 3s is also designed to teach early writing skills. Children learn letter formation and practice hand-eye coordination as they trace or glue items to letters.

Abeka Numbers and Skills with Button Bear helps three-year-olds sharpen their listening skills, follow directions, and practice hand-eye coordination as they learn number concepts 1–15. Children enjoy tracing pathways, doing dot-to-dot, and coloring large, simple forms on these skill sheets.

Cognitive Development

Teaching them to see other people’s point of view – Encourage creativity through art experiences and play- Accept and follow direction – Can problem solve if they are simple – Encourage curiosity – Exposure to new vocabulary

Physical Development

Working on fine motor skills (gluing, lacing, stacking, coloring) – Introduce them to training scissors- Begin to use materials, such as play dough, paste, finger-paint- Large muscle development: jumping, running, hopping, skipping, etc.

Basic Life Skills

Continue to work on self -help skills (hand washing, eating, toileting, and dressing). – Potty training – Sit and eat meal without getting up – Encourage them to use their words when they want or need something – Practice sitting at circle for a longer period of time – Encourage each child to return toys and materials.

Abeka 3 year old Curriculum Outline