Two and Three Year Olds: Early Preschool

Two and Three Year Olds: Early Preschool

Imagination Campus Ages and Stages

Two and Three Year Olds: Early Preschool

PK-2 Challengers

Student to teacher ratio 8:1

Challengers… what more can we say? The world of the two year old can be fast, frustrating and, yes, FUN! The Challengers classroom challenges us to meet children on their widely varied levels with independent activities that activate their creative natures and tap into their multiple intelligences.

  • Advanced Fine Motor Skill Development: Fine motor skills are the foundation children need before they learn handwriting and can participate in more advanced skills. Our children are motivated to work on this skill because of interesting and fun opportunities provided throughout the day. Whether they are creating an art masterpiece with brushes, glue, scissors, rubber bands, clothespins and or other materials, manipulating interesting objects in math or foundations, or building and turning gears in the science globe, the children are gaining more control over their hands and fingers and improving their hand eye coordination each and every day.
  • Curious Challengers: The Challenger Classroom overflows with curiosity! The children are taking interest in learning about the world they live in. They continue to use their senses to explore new objects and new discoveries; whether in the classroom or outside in the playground where sounds and sights are abundant! New sensory experiences await the children each day and the children are given choices to participate in new and unfamiliar activities. In addition, we provide a variety of materials for the children to experiment and manipulate on a daily basis. All these influences aid our two year olds with how they cognitively explore the world and literacy skills are developing along the way!
  • Independence Builders: Our two year olds are busy acquiring new skills to further enhance their desires to do more and more. We foster this development throughout each day by setting aside time to gain practice learning to do the things “big kids” do. Through a stress free environment and allowing the children enough time to master the skills, we find our two year olds gain both proficiency and confidence to perform independent tasks. Among some of the activities we touch upon are hand washing, dressing, restoring materials, restroom routine and table manners.
  • Social Development: Our two year olds are busy developing friendships, and we have found one of the best ways to nurture this new development is through play. More often than not, we hear the children exclaim, “It’s mine!” “I can do it too!” or “Watch me!” At Imagination Campus, we provide the tools to foster their budding friendships, and strategies on how to get along and solve conflicts.
  • Multisensory Learning: Multi-sensory learning materials are introduced and utilized through a variety of activities. Challengers build upon their previous experiences while reaching for more. Teachers in the Challengers classroom facilitate students’ development of concentration skills and prepare them for participation in their phonological awareness activities. Read aloud, story baskets, finger play and dramatic interpretation of favorite stories are just a few of the ways that we build vocabulary and develop the critical pre-reading skills that young children love.

PK-3 Investigators

3 years old student to teacher ratio 9:1

  • Make Your Own Math: Mathematical reasoning and logical thinking are critical skills in child development. Throughout early preschool, the mathematics focus is on numeracy, number sense and the global concept of computation. But now the focus shifts to the special quantity of each number and the one-to-one correspondence with concrete objects such as manipulatives, or found items in the environment. We begin to examine a representation of a number and correlating the written numeral with the value. Sequencing, patterns, shapes, making recipes with food, play-dough and potions, round out our developmentally appropriate math program. We find that by actively engaging the children and using all their senses, the stronger the associations and the understanding between numerals and real values become.
  • Language and Literacy Development: We provide an environment that is both rich in spoken and printed language. Between our comprehensive Story Telling Program, through our collaboration with Rice University, our rich language program of English and sign language in the classrooms, and bi-weekly enrichment in Mandarin and Spanish, rich language opportunities abound. Add to that the overall emphasis on the enjoyment of books, listening to stories, singing rhymes, recognizing words and experimenting with writing, we create a solid foundation for successful language and literacy development.
  • Story Telling Program: We collaborate with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Program through our participation in the Classroom Storytelling Project. This program combines early literacy research with practice through classroom mentoring and discussions in a yearlong training program. Teachers in our preschool classrooms implement strategies that help young children extend their vocabularies, develop print awareness, cultivate oral expression and develop an understanding of narrative form through the dictation and dramatization of their own stories.
  • Emotional Development: A major component of a child’s overall success in life is a healthy emotional development. Our teachers strive to be consistent, constant and caring on a daily basis in the classrooms. We use language to help the children identify what they may be feeling. Teaching the children to label their emotions helps them understand themselves and others. We give the children strategies on how to express their feelings without harming themselves or others. Reading stories about feelings, asking questions and modeling healthy emotional behaviors are all additional components for an emotionally healthy future for your child.
  • Self Expression: We encourage, nurture and promote ways for our children to express themselves creatively through art, music and dramatic play. When children are playing, dancing, singing, acting silly and getting messy, they are actually engaged in creative self-expression. This is the foundation to solving problems, creative thinking and enjoying life once the children are older.