Ages: 24-36 Months
Student/Teacher Ratio – 1:8
Preschool children become very aware of themselves and their surroundings. Socially, they begin playing with each other, can follow simple instructions, and can recognize and verbalize the names of objects and people. They start to understand patterns, so simple songs and nursery rhymes are incorporated into the daily curriculum.
As children in this age group spend more time playing together and engaging in imaginative play, the process of learning to self-regulate starts to develop. Children learn to be mindful of classmates and teachers. They begin to realize that their behavior impacts the behavior of others, as imitation becomes a driving force at this age. Games like Red Light Green Light are part of the curriculum as they help children control both their physical behavior and thought processes.
Preschoolers continue to develop their gross motor skills through active play which includes jumping, bouncing balls, and other activities on the playground. They build their fine motor skills by stacking blocks and drawing which leads them down the path to writing! With the Creative Curriculum®, children will use their motor and verbalization skills to begin making simple comparisons between objects.