At 3 Years
There is no one like your child – a new and unique being
Every child’s development is unique and complex. By the time your child reaches the 3rd birthday you will experience your child as unique with a personality and temperament all of his/her own. She may be quiet and observant, highly energetic and exploring, shy yet communicative or friendly and independent.
This is the age when your child is ready for interaction with peers and other adults besides the immediate family. Now is when you can start exploring the play and pre-schools near your home.
Your three year old:
• Learns using all the senses (vision, hearing, touching, mouthing, smelling) by exploring objects and the environment while playing
• Now knows lots of new words, improves pronunciation and communicates in simple sentences
• Can listen to and understand conversations, stories, songs and poems
• Can put together simple puzzles and understand that a whole object can be separated into parts – he/she is developing logical reasoning skills during play
• Is now able to classify and sort objects by size, colour or shape
• Is starting to identify and describe objects that are the “same” or “different” and can count up to “five”
• Can ride a tricycle or pump a swing; can catch a large ball using two hands and the body and undress without help
• Emotionally, is learning to recognize feelings and will give a hug to you if you are upset
• Loves to sing favourite songs, play with rhythm instruments and use real objects and costumes in pretend play
• Loves imitating you – stepping into your sandals, sweeping, washing clothes or cooking just like you!
A comprehensive first aid and emergency medical protocol, understood and internalized by every teacher should be in place. If your child is on any regular medicine regimen (e.g. antiepileptics) or needs routine monitoring – for example-of blood sugar levels due to juvenile diabetes, then this can be discussed with the school nurse or teacher in charge and a system for the same be set up for the time your child attends the school. If your child needs a special seating or standing aid then this can be discussed and provided to the school so that your child is positioned in the most appropriate way to allow her/him participate in all the regular school activities. The preschool years- 3-6 years – are a powerful time of learning and foundational skills development for your child.
You can discuss the core curriculum and the belief systems of the play/preschool and confirm that the following are included in the schools activity-based learning curriculum:
• Colour, shape and size concepts
• Numbers, counting and pre-math language
• Letter shapes, recognition the sounds they make and phonics
• Music, stories, rhymes and performing arts
• Drawing, cutting and rich art and crafts
• Pre-writing and letter tracing
• Life skills
• Fine and visual motor skills
• Love of nature and fine arts
• Outdoor activities, free play and creative expression