Three- & Four-Year-Olds (MWF Classes)

Age Range: 2.10-4.0 years old (as of September 1st)

Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00am-12:30pm. Schedule includes a time for lunch, which children bring from home. Care available as early as 8:30am until as late as 5:30pm.

Children learn so much better when it comes out of their own interests, so my job as a teacher is to have a bigger picture and still notice a teachable moment and make the most of it. That’s how children learn things in a way that stays with them.

By the age of three and four years old, children naturally move into a different kind of learning, characterized by greater interest in their environment. In our MWF classes:

  • Friends and imagination take center stage
  • Questions about the outside world become major sources of exploration 
  • Children begin to organize the world into categories, and their play into logical sequences of action. They seek out important roles in the classroom
  • They begin to reflect upon the world, their surroundings and themselves

In order to meet these new capacities, children come to school three days a week. The teachers gradually introduce new ways of exploring and representing the world, such as:

  • A writing area, clipboards for dictating stories and ideas, and signs for important creations
  • Dramatic play, sometimes facilitated with props, teacher involvement or familiar stories
  • A community meeting, where big new ideas are explored together
  • Jobs and responsibilities for taking care of the classroom community
  • Small groups where children can collaborate and work on developing new skills
  • Projects that groups of children develop over time

These explorations all take place within the security of a familiar classroom and teachers, as children remain with the same teachers for the MWF year.