The classroom incorporates child-led activities, teacher-led activities and group events. This is achieved by providing diverse materials in the classroom that are accessible to the students.

Classrooms are organized with the child in mind. There are several centers in the classroom so the child is encouraged to explore all areas of learning while having fun through discovery.

The Three Year Old class curriculum aligns with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards.

A strong element of the Three-Year-Old program is developing the child socially. This is accomplished with the guidance of a Master Teacher and an Assistant Teacher in every class.

Class periods include a snack and available outside discovery through activities and recess.

Three year old classes are offered three days and two days a week in the AM session.


Language and Speaking Skills

  • Tell first and last name and some personal information
  • Retell a short story
  • Recall details of a short story
  • Participate in-group discussions

Reading Skills

  • Listen to stories
  • Become interested in books
  • “Read” books to self or others
  • Handling of books

Writing Skills

  • Use abstract symbols as letters in name
  • Hold crayon, marker or pencil correctly
  • Cut with scissors

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follow simple rules
  • Use creative thought process to solve problems
  • Work cooperatively with and show respect to others
  • Develop rational and critical thinking
  • Respect others personal space
  • Exhibit self-control
  • Accept and trust others
  • Initiate entering into play with others
  • Develop self-esteem & self-worth

Number Insight

  • Meaningful count (0-3)
  • Rote count (0-10)


  • Compare quantities (more, less, equal, unequal)
  • Compare objects (size, height, weight, length)
  • Compare volume (more, less)
  • Compare area (big, small)


  • Observe and create different patterns involving everyday life
  • Identify and continue a pattern with materials
  • Identify basic shapes
  • Sort materials by common features
  • Create and experience graphs


  • Use colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Explore and create individual projects with all types of art mediums
  • Experiment with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Express creativity


  • Display a curiosity about the world
  • Cooperate with classmates to solve problems
  • Understand that questioning is a part of the scientific process
  • Discover ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Develop observation skills

Development of Concepts

  • Identify and explain that descriptions about natural occurrences can be sorted in different ways
  • Identify that in the natural world cause-and-effect relationships exist
  • Recognize that in the natural world change occurs


  • Describe how different people and places can give us help when needed
  • Name ways to avoid germs
  • Give examples of nutritious snacks
  • Describe proper teeth care
  • Identify reasons for talking to an adult before using any unknown substance

Physical Growth

  • Play simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrate understanding of simple concepts
  • (up, down, high, low)
  • Display a sense of risk-taking
  • Balance body while doing simple stunts
  • Catch a large object with two hands
  • Jump hop (one & two feet)

Social Studies

  • Compare how clothing differs because of the change in weather each day/month
  • Recognize that accepting responsibility and having rules is important
  • Describe the different ways families celebrate special events or holidays
  • Demonstrate appropriate ways to communicate wants or needs


  • Use different movements (clap, stomp, pat, jump) and play a steady beat with a group
  • Sing, using voices that are fast or slow, loud or soft
  • Change voice to match different pitches