Three Year Old Class
This class is designed for children who are 3 years old at the start of the school year. For the 2016-2017 school year, children in this class should have been born between September 11, 2012 and September 10th, 2013. For the 2017-2018 school year, children in this class should have been born between September 11, 2013 and September 10th, 2014.
• Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am to noon
• Class is limited to 12 children.
• Parents participate in classroom on a rotating basis depending on the number of children enrolled.
Cost: $140 per month
The school year begins with a gentle transition from homelife. EKC’s goal is to help each child feel safe and comfortable being with someone outside of their family, possibly for the first time. We spend time working on healthy interaction with peers, independence, a little longer circle time, helping with maintaining our school and learning through play and experiences.
In autumn, animals and humans are storing up food for a long winter ahead. Our circle time, stories, puppetry and group activities are based on this theme and create opportunities to gather and participate in activities as a group. Winter brings an opportunity to think about caring for our bodies and practicing independence. Knowing what to wear when Jack Frost is out and how to dress appropriately and independently. Spring brings growing and the children are introduced to verses and games they will participate in as Pre-K students in the upcoming year.
Three Year Old Class Daily Schedule
During this time children have a chance to practice healthy interactions with assistance from the teacher and the parent helper. Imaginative play is helpful for children to work through developmental stages and questions that arise in their lives.
|Clean up||Children practice taking responsibility for the toys they have been enjoying by helping with cleanup.|
|Circle||This is a time to come together and share in the celebration of the season through movement, songs and games.|
|Handwashing||This is a time for children to practice taking care of their bodies and an opportunity to act independently.|
|Snack time||While eating, the children learn good manners, passing skills, pouring skills and clearing their dishes from the table.|
|Outside play||This is a wonderful time for the children to expand and play together in the fresh air. Children are encouraged to learn and practice gross motor skills as well as interacting with others.|
|Creative Learning||This is a time to work on practical skills and explore topics of interest to the class. Children are given opportunities to practice tasks such as cutting, using glue, mixing, measuring, painting and seasonal creative art, all of which promote fine and gross motor skills and optimize learning.|
|Story time||This is a time to come together again, giving the children an opportunity to practice quiet focus.|
|Goodbye circle||Children find comfort in closure with their friends. This allows them to transition to the next part of their day.|
Our meal blessing
For the golden sun and the apples on the trees
For the golden corn and the honey for my tea
For fruits and nuts and berries, we gather along our way
For birds and beast and flowers, we give thanks everyday.
Thank you, (parent helper)
Goals for the 3 year old class:
- Separate positively from parent/guardian upon arrival at school.
- Share and working together with peers in play.
- Help in clean-up.
- Communicate in complete sentences.
- Begin using drawing utensils and scissors.
- Recognize shapes, colors, more or less, numbers and the alphabet (using the Zoophonics curriculum).
- Cooperate in little longer circle.
- Respond to questions accurately.
- Learn to take turns in conversations.
- Recognize and writing one’s own name.
At EKC, we believe that children learn best when what they are learning is immediately applicable in their day to day world. Because of this belief, we organize our curriculum around the seasons we experience in Montana. In each of the seasons, we focus on the activities and themes outlined below.
- Harvesting, gathering, abundance and coming together.
- Pumpkins, apples and corn
- Field trips to a local farm
- Exploring more and less, and quantity
- The color red and mixing with yellow to create orange
- The sun, light and dark, the moon and the sun
- Warmth and independence, where do animals go in winter
- Giving and receiving
- The color blue and mixing with red to create purple
- The color yellow and mixing with blue to create green
- Looking for birds
- New buds and growing plants
- Starting seeds and knowing what a seed needs to grow
- Life cycles
About our teacher, Dulcie Belanger
As a preschool educator, mother, nanny, art teacher, outdoor camp facilitator, Dulcie has worked with children for 26 years. She believes that plenty of play and outdoor experience makes for a happy, confident and healthy child. She shares her love of art and nature with young children by creating opportunities along side their peers to recognize, explore and appreciate the rhythm of the seasons.
Dulcie is currently working on an Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Certification through the Micha-el Institute. She received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Montana before starting a family of her own in Choteau and eventually moving to Hamilton.