Preschool (3s)

Our threes are sometimes lovingly dubbed our “threenagers”! Similar to the teenaged years, three is a transition age. No longer infants or toddlers, initially three year olds struggle with new expectations but are often not quite ready to be students in structured preschool. Our preschool program very much addresses this as we take the students from early preschool into a solid foundation of learning in late preschool.

Along with structure and routine, this year is one of magic – the magic is in the imaginations of our students. These children have learned enough about the world to begin creating their own worlds and realities… some of the finest works or art come out of this program!

A 3 year old is learning how to assimilate his curiosity of the world around him with the structure and routines a learning environment must provide. At Panache Enfants, our preschool teachers recognize the transition and tailor the class program to make learning fun. In this way, we hope to pique natural curiosities, instill a strong love of learning while continuing to meet the cognitive, developmental and social/emotional needs of these children. DSC_0339

Our Preschool program includes our full PanacheGurus curriculum with special emphasis on:

Gross/Fine Motor development

  • Walk up and down stairs, alternating feet — one foot per step
  • Kick, throw, and catch a ball
  • Climb well
  • Run more confidently and ride a tricycle
  • Hop and stand on one foot for up to five seconds
  • Walk forward and backward easily
  • Bend over without falling
  • More easily handle small objects and turn a page in a book
  • Use age-appropriate scissors
  • Copy circles and squares
  • Draw a person with two to four body parts
  • Write some capital letters
  • Build a tower with four or more blocks
  • Dress and undress without your help
  • Screw and unscrew jar lids
  • Turn rotating handles

Cognitive Development

  • Growing vocabulary
  • Answer questions
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Tell and retell stories
  • Remember parts of a story
  • Correctly name colors
  • Understand the idea of same and different
  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Understand time better (for example, morning, afternoon, night)
  • Count, and understand the concept of counting
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures

Social/Emotional Development

  • Display less separation anxiety
  • Imitate parents and friends
  • Show affection for familiar family and friends
  • Understands the idea of “mine” and “his/hers”
  • Show a wide range of emotions, such as being sad, angry, happy, or bored
  • Engages in interactive games and fantasy play
  • Improved emotional self-regulation and self-control skills
  • Show signs of an active imagination, including sometimes developing unrealistic fears (ex. Monster under the bed)




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