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3-4 Years: The Green Room

In the Green Room, children expand their horizons with hands-on learning every day.  Through a weekly theme, children are exposed to an array of activities in numerous subjects, including science, history, language, culture, music and art. Students in the Green Room are beginning to think symbolically, able to listen and comprehend stories, and write letters — eventually writing their own names.  

These students are in a key stage of social development, including becoming more independent, expressing their emotions verbally, and learning to make friends — through play, taking turns and sharing, as opposed to the parallel play structure during the younger years. In this class, students may be asked to take on chores — a weather helper reports the weather outside to the class, and a line leader helps take students outside in an orderly fashion — which helps teach children responsibility.

The 3-year-old class is taught by Ms. Deborah (lead teacher) and Mr. Jonny (assistant Spanish teacher). 

A Sample Week

Each week is focused around several elements, including a letter and number of the week, a theme (such as dinosaurs) and a review of concepts such as colors and shapes. Because children at this age are able to better hold conversations, group discussions and play facilitate learning. For example, on a Monday, students might talk about different kinds of dinosaurs and sort miniature dinosaurs by shape. Other lessons may include reading a book about dinosaurs and tracing triangle and diamond shapes on a dinosaur. Activities during dinosaur week include salt painting dinosaur shapes, learning the "dinosaur dance" and assembling tri-level puzzles showing dinosaur bones, organs and skin.

Concepts relating to the theme of the week teach students the joy of inquiry: During dinosaur week, students conduct a dig to find buried dinosaurs. Three-year-olds work on alphabet recognition each week, such as through matching flash cards to the alphabet on the wall. On Fridays, children bring a item from home for show-and-tell, usually based on the letter of the week.

Sample Lesson Plan

Daily Schedule

We have full parallel foreign-language immersion throughout the day.

7:30-8:30 a.m.          
Greetings and free play

8:30-9 a.m.          
Breakfast

9-9:45 a.m.
Directed play (arts/crafts/music)  

9:45-10:15 a.m.
Group time

10:15-11:15 a.m.       
Outdoor play

11:15-11:30 a.m.
Wash up

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.     
Lunch

12:15-1 p.m.            
Prepare for nap, stories

1-3 p.m.             
Nap

3-3:30 p.m.             
Snack

3:30-4 p.m.            
Lessons (math, science, puppets)

4:15-5 p.m.          
Outdoor play

5-6 p.m.            
Cleanup and goodbyes