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Preschool 3 Yr. Olds - Red Class Room

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Children at the preschool age love to explore and learn new things. They enjoy participating in dramatic play and sensory pay, using their imaginations and developing their motor skills as they grow more independent each day.

A great deal of thought and effort goes into preschool education. Learning is enhanced through a variety of classrooms, designed with childhood exploration in mind. Our art program brings out the creative side in preschoolers of all ages. We love to bring the outdoors into our classroom and also bring our classroom outdoors to expand children’s imaginative play.

The preschool teachers care about your preschooler’s learning development, health and social integration. Your preschooler’s teacher is responsible for the care and education of your child and is supported by a team that includes a float teacher, the entire staff of early childhood educators, housekeepers, kitchen staff and the director.

Preschool 3 Yr Olds - Red Class Room Teachers

Red Room Teacher

Roxanne Zick

Classroom: Green and Red Room ~ Float Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 3 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals, 4 hour Nutrition and Food Service Training

Experience: Family Childcare Provider 2001 – 2015

Professional Statement: Growing up I was always told I would make a great teacher. Unfortunately it was not my first choice after high school. I felt that life had a greater calling for me which got me started in childcare. Since then I have not looked back and those who told me I would make a great teacher were right. I love nurturing and watching children grow and develop and that moment when they are able to do it all by themselves can not be replicated. Each day is a new day filled with endless possibilities in the eyes of a child.

Red Room Teacher

Sara Lewis

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2013 and came to By Leaps and Bounds March 2013

Professional Statement: I love coming into work knowing that every day is going to be filled with something different. Each child has their own personality and I enjoy watching them excel and become independent.

Red Room Teacher

Sandy Richmond

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2003 and came to By Leaps and Bounds May 2003

Professional Statement: I love to watch our preschoolers find their independence and become self-sufficient. Every day is a new adventure waiting to be discovered. I love the great outdoors!!

Preschool (Three-Year-Old) Curriculum

Our goal is to have every child’s day filled with learning experiences while meeting the needs of each child’s individual development. We have combined some of the best curriculum to deliver an all-encompassing learning experience.

Our curriculum provides teachers with the opportunity to teach to a child’s individual needs. It encompasses learning style preferences, multiple intelligences, thematic approach, and developmental domain; which includes; cognitive, communication, social-emotional; and developing small and large motor skills.

Assessments and Parent Conferences

We believe that assessing individual and group progress is the key to planning programs that respond to the needs, interests, and abilities of children in any classroom. With ongoing assessment, our teachers can focus on all aspects of a child’s development. At the beginning of the school year curriculum, goals and objectives are set in place and re-visited throughout the school year, particularly in the spring and fall when the teachers are doing individual evacuations for their students. Parents may request a formal conference if they would like to discuss their son or daughter’s evaluation with the teachers. Staff is also willing to meet with parents throughout the year.

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum brings an environmental approach to learning through daily exploration. This allows children to learn by exploring the world around them through creative centers. Teachers provide child-guided instruction in centers including blocks, house area, table toys, art, sand, water, library corner, music and movement, cooking, and the outdoors. The curriculum’s foundation is based on the belief that children learn through play.

Story Time/Quiet Area

Develops a strong foundation for early literacy in children through highly interactive and event-oriented reading processes. It focuses on language and teaches children the beginning techniques of reading. Each book, finger play, and the flannel story provide visual art, and language development and engages children in active communication.

Music and Movement

Music and movement take place throughout the day. It is an integral part of circle time, transitions, free play, and story time. It enhances language development, rhyming, hand-eye coordination, and musical tones and the introduction of simple instruments brings a smile to every child as they create their own music. Music has the potential to expand children’s creativity and promote early learning skills.

Singing Times

Allows young children the opportunity to expand their world through the art of communicating and using their own unique voices. Each child is encouraged to express his or her unique vocal sound to inspire their individual creativity. Singing can be silly, fun, and a wonderful way for children to express their creativity in a safe nurturing environment.

Dramatic Play

We place a priority on giving children several opportunities for dramatic play during the day. Dramatic play is central to children’s healthy development and learning during the preschool years. The children explore a large number of themed play areas that change throughout the year; house area, dress-up, restaurants, medical and vet clinics, pets, and many other thematic units to expand their imagination. Their young minds are full of imagination and real-life role-playing.

Large Motor and Block Area

Non-gender-specific cars, trucks, trains, planes, and farm play equipment for physical and social role play. Coincides with a dramatic play through the use of role-playing on a farm, construction site, airport, community, and emergency situations.

and so much more… Blocks of all types, sizes, and colors to construct, manipulate, design, and build to develop children’s imagination and eye-hand coordination. Children are always so proud of something they have built themselves or with a group of friends. What a wonderful way to build self-esteem.

Emergent Handwriting

This uses multi-sensory techniques for early drawing, letter building, and recognition to teach handwriting to children of preschool age. Instruction begins by first introducing and reinforcing the pincer (proper grip for holding a writing instrument) before moving into letter formation. Handwriting reinforces the child’s self-image and portrait. Those beginning scribbles, lines, and shapes have put them on the path to becoming emergent writers.

Beginning Letters and Early Language

Through storytelling, finger plays, and flannel board stories teachers will encourage children to develop their language skills through repetition and conversation. These are crucial tools to give children the opportunity to express themselves using language.

Early Math

Is incorporated daily into our curriculum. Math helps children make sense of the world around them and develops reasoning and problem-solving skills. Math activities include learning to count, sorting objects (toys, classroom materials, and small manipulative objects), recognizing patterns, and learning how to graph favorites. A favorite time to graph is in the fall when the children are sampling different varieties of apples and can visually see/read the graph to learn how many friends liked a particular type of apple.

Sorting and early counting are integral throughout children’s early learning experiences. We use everyday classroom materials that children are familiar with to teach sorting and beginning number concept recognition. Small motor development is improved when we bring out the play dough and work with our hands to expand these concepts.

Early Social Studies

The scope and sequence begin by learning “All About Me” at the start of each school year and continue to expand out of the formation of friends and bonds with other children. It also involves learning how the decision-making process works in a group setting. It covers the development of social skills, personal responsibility, sharing, cooperation, dealing with emotions, accepting differences between people, and learning a sense of community and responsibility to the community.

Science and Sensory

Science is taught through observation and hands-on activities. The children explore the world around them using cause and effect experiments throughout daily learning experiences within their indoor and outdoor classrooms. They discover texture, explore with their five senses, chart observations, and measure sensory objects and materials. Children also learn to care for living things in their environment. They enjoy the process of growing a vegetable garden and eating the fruits of their labor each summer.


Teachers encourage the children’s art awareness, appreciation, and ability by supporting open-ended art projects to expand their imaginations and creativity. Children are more likely to take ownership of an art project when it is not cookie cutter or processed art. Children imagine, design, and explore art through a wide variety of artist materials and techniques. We celebrate the children’s artwork as “unique to them”. Art is incorporated on a daily basis into the classroom lesson plan, whether it is painting with brushes, sponges, twigs, watercolors, sand mixed in the paint for texture, or drawing a picture of an object; children learn that all of their creations are pieces of beauty.

Outdoor Adventures and Play Experiences

Children have ample time several times each day to play and explore the great outdoors on an age-appropriate and well-equipped playground designed specifically for preschool exploration and open-ended adventures and play. Teachers guide simple games and basic physical movement. Children learn balance, flexibility, hopping, skipping, and coordination through daily play activities. Movement and physical stimulation actually improve focus, concentration, problem-solving, speech, language, reading, writing, and social-emotional maturity.

Preschool (Three Year Olds) Schedule

Sample Schedule

6:30-8:30 *First 2 hours of Operation Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Early Arrivals

6:30-8:45 Creative Centers

  • Dramatic Play
  • Science / Sensory Play
  • Manipulative Play
  • Emergent Reading/Quiet Area
  • Large Motor/Block Area

8:45-9:00 Rest Room Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Morning Snack

9:00-9:20 Morning Snack

9:20-9:30 Clean Up and Transition to Circle Time

9:30-10:00 Circle Time

  • Calendar and Weather
  • Letter of the Week
  • Songs (favorites and theme related)
  • Story Time (theme related)
  • Finger Plays/Puppets (theme related)
  • Flannel Board Stories (theme related)
  • Music and Movement

10:00-10:30 Art Activity

10:30-11:45 Creative Learning Centers (theme related)

  • Science and/or Sensory Play
  • Dramatic Play/Social Studies
  • Manipulative Play
  • Music and Movement
  • Early Math Skills
  • Early Science Skills
  • Early Literacy Skills

10:30-10:35 Transition to Outdoor Play/Community Walk/Nearby Park

10:30-11:45 Outdoor Play/Activities/Learning/Physical and Social Play

11:45-12:00 Transition Indoors/Restroom Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Lunch

12:00-12:30 Homemade Lunch (prepared on site)

12:30-12:45 Restroom Break/Hand Washing

12:45-1:00 Relaxation Time/Prepare for Nap/ Transition to Rest Time/Quiet Reading

1:00-3:00 Rest Time/Quiet Time

2:45-3:00 Restroom Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Afternoon Snack

3:10-3:40 Afternoon Snack/Story Time/Letter of the Day/Hand Washing

3:40-3:45 Transition to Outdoor Play

3:45-4:30/5:00 Outdoor Play (weather permitting)

3:45-4:30/5:00 Indoor Play

  • Creative Learning Center
  • Creative Table Activities
  • Thematic Activities
  • Manipulative Play
  • Learning Table Activities

4:30/5:00-6:00 Creative Centers/Thematic Activities/ Table Activities/Manipulative Play

5:00-6:00 Multi Age Focus Boxes/Quiet Reading and Activities

4:00-6:00 *Last 2 Hours of OperationDD Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Late Departures