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“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.”
- Magda Gerber, renowned early childhood educator

For our 3 year olds, learning is not a competition: it is an opportunity to explore and inquire, for teachers and students to embark on a learning adventure together. Research has shown that “letter of the week” activities and number worksheets have little to no lasting impact at this age. Instead, our 3 year old teachers thoughtfully encourage pre-reading skills with literacy immersion. Print is located in every activity center: the construction zone has signage on every road and the play house has an abundance of mini newspapers and circulars. Pre-reading activities aren’t forced, they are naturally integrated into the classroom.

The curriculum is child-led: teachers follow the children’s lead, and let the year develop based on what the students are interested in. It is truly fascinating to see how our two 3 year old classrooms start off the year with the same general curriculum, yet the classrooms unfold differently based on child-led interests.

Our 3 year old program produces children who are more than ready for K4, having met learning goals naturally. Our students excel in kindergarten not because they have memorized numbers, shapes, and letters, but because they learned how to be critical thinkers and approach literacy in an organic way. Most importantly, they have refined their social-emotional skills, developing qualities such as kindness and empathy that will serve them well into kindergarten and beyond.

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