Curriculum - Young Pre-School
2 to 3 years

  1. Social Development

    1. To enhance self-esteem
      • time to learn and think about each new experience
      • give them reasons for doing things
      • engage in "make-believe" play with them
      • provide opportunities to try both sides of various actions and activities, so they can learn about the results of various choices
      • provide constant supervision when they are playing

    2. Beginning to develop self-help skill
      • allow time and freedom to try to dress and undress themselves
      • allow them to wait on themselves
      • store toys in areas that are easy for them to reach and use
      • praise for success, and non-critical help when they do have an "accident"

  2. Cognitive Development

    1. Developing a greater understanding of language
      • speak to them in longer sentences
      • provide opportunities to talk without being "turned off"
      • opportunities to take part in and enjoy songs and fingerplay
      • provide experiences and activities that will help them explore differences between one and many
      • provide many props that they can use for imaginative play

    2. To acquire concepts and information that will lead to a fuller understanding of their immediate world
      • the opportunity to find out whether they are a boy or girl
      • practice in learning the names of various body parts
      • opportunities to hand objects in order to become aware of color, shape, and size
      • much practice in learning that one object and another object make two objects
      • patient and honest responses to their questions
      • provide lots of songs and fingerplays
      • encourage them to point out more details in pictures
      • help develop an awareness of colors and that they have names

  3. Physical Development

    1. To enhance fine motor skills
      • much practice with folding and tearing paper
      • many boxes and other containers to play with
      • many opportunities to use crayon and paper
      • more freedom and opportunities to manipulate objects
      • provide problem solving objects

    2. To enhance large motor skills
      • many opportunities to play and be physically active with feet and legs
      • opportunities to try out and learn balance skills
      • provide action toys to play with, such as cars, tricycles, wagons, etc.