Threes and Fours Program
At PCNS we are proud to be able to maintain a 4:1 ratio in our 3's and 4's classrooms. This translates into smaller groups and more individualized attention. Our experienced and caring teachers collaborate with each other, their permanent aides, and every parent to build a unique atmosphere emphasizing social development and learning through exploration and play. They carefully create an engaging and rich environment that stimulates children’s curiosity and learning.
A Typical Day
Circle/Group Meeting Time
Children gather as a class each day. During this time children participate in a variety of activities designed to meet multiple skills and developmental levels. These activities include, but are not limited to, calendar concepts, songs, group games, listening to and reflecting on books, taking leadership roles and reviewing the day's theme and activities.
Children are encouraged to choose from a variety of classroom stations including: art, language, dramatic play, building, sensory and other manipulatives and games that spark curiosity, foster creativity and support fine motor development. Three and four year olds love to explore the world through pretend play and their five senses. Our teachers transform classroom centers regularly to match curriculum themes and offer a variety of themed play stations. Through play, children are introduced to basic math, science and literacy concepts.
Indoor/Outdoor Gross Motor Play
Physical activity is incorporated into each day at PCNS. Our indoor activity room offers climbing equipment, mats, bikes, large building area, balance beam, tents and tunnels for creative play, and ball play. Our outdoor enclosed space has newer climbing structure with slides, tunnels, and a climbing wall. We have a large sandbox and a creative/dramatic play area. There is a grass space for team activities within the enclosed space, as well as a large grassy area for additional play activities. In the spring/summer/fall seasons we use our village location for short community exploratory walks. Gross Motor Play is an important part of each day and helps strengthen large muscles and works on balance and coordination.
At snack time children will have the chance to socialize and converse, while learning self-help skills and table etiquette. Snack items are healthy and must be allergy free based on our school guidelines and our current snack list. Snack is also a nice time to provide children with an opportunity to try new foods.
Field Trips and Visitors
Three and four year olds are learning about their community and benefit from real-life experiences. We are fortunate to be able to visit new places and have classroom guests to enrich learning. The following are some places/visitors we have visited in the past and may be part of your child's preschool experience:
Chase Farm Pumpkin Patch
Tinker Nature Center
Bird Song Trail
Service Dog Visits
School Bus Tour (4's)