Curriculum Goals : three years old

Building Relationships
With a new found sense of independence, three year olds are further developing their awareness of their place in the world and their ability to affect things in it.
There are many physical, linguistic and cognitive skills that are developed or refined during the third year, including a greater sense of emotional literacy and an ability to trust adults and build relationships.
Our objectives reflect the skills three year olds are discovering within themselves.

1. Sense of Self
· Demonstrate the ability to adjust to new situations and follow routines
· Show trust in adults
· Recognize and label own feelings
· Express emotions with increasing self-control

2. Relationships
· Connect with teacher(s) as a trusted adult
· Engage in simple interactions with peers
· Learn early social skills such as sharing and communication

3. Gross Motor
· Demonstrate basic locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, galloping)
· Climb up and down comfortably
· Begin balancing
· Throw and catch balls
· Run with ease

4. Fine Motor
· Manipulate objects with increasing control
· Hold scissors in one hand
· Grasp small items
· Drop small items into a container with intention
· Make several basic strokes with a pen or marker
· Begin to make recognizable shapes or patterns

5. Cognitive Skills
· Observe and examine objects
· Demonstrate problem solving skills
· Build persistence and patience in approaching tasks
· Classify objects by similar and different properties (color, size, shape)
· Begin to use simple measurement and comparative words
· Begin an understanding of order
· Identify items in a series
· · Arrange objects in a continuum
· Recognize patterns
· Engage in imaginary/role play
· Begin representational thinking—can translate representations to a drawing or building

6. Language Skills
· Hear and understand sounds of native language
· Develop an understanding of rhyming words
· Clearly express ideas and questions
· Communicate in complete sentences
· Understand and follow verbal directions
· Answer questions with a complete thought (more then yes or no)
· Understand rules and structure of conversation
· Participate in conversation
· Develop a joy for reading
· Demonstrate an understanding of print concepts (recognize that print carries meaning, that each word can be written down or read)
· Demonstrate knowledge of the alphabet: recognizes a few letters by name

7. Self Care/Responsibility for Self
· Demonstrate self reliance during snack and meals, dressing, hand-washing, and toileting
· Choose and engage in one activity from several options
· Keep track of personal belongings while at school
· Demonstrate respect and care for classroom and materials
· Participate in clean up with decreasing amount of guidance
· Participate in group activities
· Follow classroom routines without multiple reminders