Three’s

Room 1 (older threes) and room 5 (younger threes) focus on self-help skills, playing and communicating with peers, dramatic play, art projects, and cooking.  The daily schedule includes free choice, group time, outside play/large motor time, snack time, and music & movement.101_4714

Curriculum
  • Room 1 is our older threes class, with two teachers and fourteen students
  • Room 5 is our younger threes class with one teacher and eight students
  • Field trips include visits to the Blue Star Dairy Farm to learn how to milk a cow, to Animart to touch a snake and pet a dog, and to UW Hospital to check out the Med Flight helicopter
Options
  • You may enroll your child in a three-hour morning session (8:45-11:45am), or a three-hour afternoon session (12:45-3:45pm)
  • You may enroll your child for two days a week (Tuesday/Thursday), for three days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), or for five days a week (Monday-Friday)
  • You may also enroll your child in any of our extended programs
Requirements
  • Your child must be three on or before September 1 to be eligible for enrollment
  • Your child does not need to be toilet-trained (but your child does need to be toilet-trained if you would like to enroll him/her in Lunch Bunch)

In Our Own Words

Teacher Katie appreciates the social skills that three-year-olds begin to develop in the classroom. Simply put: they start playing really well together. “It’s awesome to watch the kids interact with each other,” says Katie. “You see this cooperative play grow over the year. They get really engaged with the other kids in the room.”

Michelle agrees, explaining that one of her most important goals as a teacher is to equip students with words to use in social situations so that their relationships can continue to grow and evolve. “We teach them how to say to their friends, ‘When you’re done, can I play with that?’ and ‘Can I have a turn?’”

Teachers of our Three’s Program say that the promotion of self-help skills plays a huge role in their classrooms. They encourage students to wash their hands, put on their shoes, and hand out napkins at snack time – all by themselves. Not only does the mastery of these tasks prepare children for 4K and school beyond MHNS, but it also leads to a stronger self-confidence.

Even with so many wonderful activities planned for the children, sometimes it’s the simple moments that are the most meaningful. Jane, for example, says, “Every day, it’s crucial that I connect with my students personally. I’ll take time to talk to each child and make them feel like everything they say is of the utmost importance, even if we’re just talking about what they ate for breakfast.”

Michelle likewise appreciates such simplicity, recalling a drizzly day when she and her students went outside in their raincoats to look at the worms on the sidewalk. “The kids loved it and were pointing and yelling. This worm is long! This worm isn’t moving! This worm is making a letter with its body!” For her, that moment spoke volumes. “As adults, we lose the ability to get excited, but kids still have it. I want to encourage them to continue to have a natural curiosity in the little things.”

Michelle goes on to recall a moment from her own childhood when she and her siblings made a tent in the backyard using a blanket and a clothesline. They played in their tent for hours, and she says it is this gift of uncomplicated happiness that all the teachers want to give to children at MHNS. “Life is too busy. We want our students to be able to go back to the way things were and just play.”

Rooms 1 and 5 are filled with the flurry of energy that is distinctive of three-year-olds: there’s dramatic play, art projects, cooking, conversations, and tons of curiosity. Teacher Michelle loves her students’ sense of adventure, explaining, “You can bring so many new experiences and ideas to them, because everything is a discovery. They get so excited to learn.”

Whether they’re dressing up in costumes, learning how to hold a pencil so they can write their name for the first time, pouring milk all by themselves, or cracking eggs while making chocolate chip cookies, three-year-olds at MHNS are eager to give everything a try. “You can see it coming from their toes how excited they are to be here,” says teacher Jane.

Rooms 1 and 5 stay so busy that there’s always something fun going on, including the following:

  • Cooking! Throwing together a stir-fry, baking cookies, making homemade pasta.
  • Field trips! To the Blue Star Dairy Farm to learn how to milk a cow, to Animart to touch a snake and pet a dog, to UW Hospital to check out the Med Flight helicopter.
  • Dress-up! In king and queen costumes, in circus gear, in construction clothes.
  • Community service! Collecting pop-tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities and holding a pet-supply drive for the Humane Society.
  • Jobs! Feeding the fish, passing out cups, turning out the lights. Kids enjoy contributing to the daily routine of the classroom.