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Age range: Pre K-3

Ratio: 1:10 

We emphasize language, activity, movement, and large muscle activity in the Pre-K 3 program. We use a variety of activities to develop a routine that nurtures collective play/work and cultivates new skills. Students build self-confidence, a sense of caring and sensitivity, new social skills, and a respect for individuality. We will incorporate STEAM, through science, art,  math and logic.

Social/ Emotional Development 

At this age, children are becoming much more independent and their social skills are beginning to improve significantly. Children may now be able to cooperate with their friends, take turns, and show some problem-solving skills. At this point in development, your child should be able to:

  • Imitate parents and friends
  • Show affection to trusted family and friends
  • Understands the idea of “mine” vs. “his/hers”
  • Show a wide range of emotions including sadness, anger, happiness or boredom

Children at this stage of development have a very active imagination, with fantasy and pretend play becoming more exciting and involved. Serendipity Learning Center has a variety of creative outlets for children.

 

Physical Development 

Your busy preschooler continues to be on the move. Some of the Physical tasks that they should be able to accomplish are:

  • Walking up and down stairs, alternating feet  — one foot per step

  • Kicking, throwing, and catching a ball

  • Climbing

  • Running more confidently and riding a tricycle

  • Hopping and standing on one foot for up to five seconds

  • Walking forward and backward easily

  • Bending over without falling

  • Handling small objects and turning a page in a book

  • Using age-appropriate scissors

  • Copying circles and squares

  • Drawing a person with two to four body parts

  • Writing some capital lettersBuilding a tower with four or more blocks

 

Mental Development 

This is the age when children become very verbal. Some of the linguistic milestones that should be met at this age are:

  • Saying their name and age
  • Speaking 250 to 500 words
  • Answering simple questions
  • Speaking in sentences of five to six words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4
  • Speaking clearly
  • Telling stories

Children at this age will start asking lots of questions. “Why is the sky blue? Why do birds have feathers?” Questions, questions, and more questions! While it may be annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone. In addition to asking “why?” all the time, children at this age should be able to:

  • Correctly name familiar colors
  • Understand the idea of same and different
  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Remember parts of a story
  • Understand time better (for example, morning, afternoon, night)
  • Count, and understand the concept of counting
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify everyday objects and pictures