Early Preschool (2 – 3 Years)

Overview

The Early Preschool program builds upon the developmental skills mastered in the Infant and Toddler program.  Growing Tree Academy has designed the Early Preschool classroom and outdoor environment around a theme of over, under, around and through – all from a two to three year old’s point of view.  Quiet places, romping spaces and laps to sit on are available at all times.

Curriculum

GrowingTree_111Teachers plan curriculum on a weekly basis around a theme such as primary colors, nursery rhymes, pets, farm animals and seasonal activities. Listed below are just a few of the activities toddlers love to do and the areas of development that they address most.

Sensory: Water play, birdseed, jello, playdoh, shaving cream, leaves, cotton balls to touch, squeeze, poke, scoop and pour.

Art: The use of toddler-sized crayons and chalk, painting with brushes, sponges, feathers, fingers cookie cutters, tearing paper and using glue.

Large Motor: Balls to bounce, bikes to ride, stacking toys, baby buggies, and carts to push and pull, slides and climbing structures, and open spaces to explore. Shaking, jumping, running, and dancing with scarves and ribbons.

Small Motor: Things to put-together, pull-apart, stack, tumble, carry and hold, large pegs in a board, shape toys, simple puzzles, stack toys, pop-beads, large duplo blocks, tearing paper, beading large beads, and coloring.

Language: Reading stories from books, flannel board stories, using puppets to tell stories, singing nonsense songs, fingerplays, and conversations about everything.

Science: Walking around the yard to look at leaves, animals, grass and trees, pine cones, rocks, and other nature things to touch and hold.

Dramatic Play: Dress up clothes, hats and purses to try, mirrors to look in and dishes and dolls for family play.

Music: Sing-along-songs, finger plays, rhythm sticks and musical instruments to pound and shake.  Concepts learned are loud, quiet, fast, slow, hard and soft.

Self-help Skills: Learning to take off and put on shoes and socks, putting on jackets sweaters and learning to use the buttons, zippers or snaps.  Washing hands and faces.  Potty training and good hygiene.

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