3 Year Old Pre-School Curriculum Overview

St. John’s Pre-School is concerned with the development of the whole child; a spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual person. An awareness of developmentally-appropriate practices for three-year-olds as prescribed by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guides the curriculum. The curriculum is taught using a theme and seasonal approach. Some of the themes are colors, weather, pumpkins, farm and zoo. Learning takes place in many different ways, through blocks, dramatic play, art, books, puzzles and movement activities. Children also learn in a variety of groupings: large groups, small groups and individually.
The Pre-School program has music class and a visit from our school librarian once a week. Chapel is attended once each week.
A general listing of areas covered in the curriculum of the preschool program follows.


God made us. God is our friend. God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to be born as a baby and have to grow up just like us, but without doing anything wrong. Jesus died on the cross to wash away our sins. We show God that we love Him by our words and actions and by worshiping Him. A Bible story is presented weekly.


Play is an integral part of a 3-year-old’s life. Through play a child develops a healthy brain, dexterity, knowledge, physical and emotional strength. The children are observed for growth in their play development.


Math concepts include patterning, graphing, calendar, sorting, and counting.


Children attend music class once a week. Music covered in the classroom includes songs, rhythm instruments, movement and music enjoyment.


A variety of materials are offered on a weekly basis; including easel painting, collages of various materials, watercolors, and finger-painting. Drawing, cutting and coloring are options during free choice time


Stories: A variety of literature is introduced including fiction, informational, and poetry.
Writing: Materials are available for pre-writing skills to be developed. The children dictate stories which are read to the class and acted out.
Listening and Speaking: Skills are developed through activities such as story time, acting out their own stories, group discussion, following oral directions, and taking turns at circle time. Language development is encouraged in all play areas and on an individual basis.


Children are encouraged to develop their social skills, share, and communicate their feelings and wants. They learn to take turns and are encouraged to begin developing empathy. Self-help skills such as using the toilet on their own, dressing and cleaning up after oneself are also stressed.


The children are encouraged to develop their sense of wonder and to make observations and predictions while exploring different materials.


Fine motor skills are developed with the use of crayons, markers, scissors, puzzles, play dough, and other manipulative materials.


Large motor skills are developed with classroom games and movement activities, recess and gym activities including ball skills, parachute, bean bag activities, scooters and group games.