• Tricia Jones

🍎 Snow... and Penguins... and Bears! Oh My! January Curriculum for a GFCC 3-year-old!

🍎 GFCC's monthly curriculum is designed to nurture the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers. These components are equally important in building a child's kindergarten readiness skills. We want them confident in their ability to thrive in a kindergarten environment where academic demands are higher and independent skills are necessary.

🍎 Each age level has a set of developmental goals that teachers use when making their lesson plans. These goals help guide teachers in planning activities that help children achieve the appropriate developmental benchmarks for the year.

🍎 Click on the link to read more about the curriculum at GFCC.


🍎 At the beginning of the school year in September, teachers will begin working with our 3-year-old children on:

  • Social Skills Development

  • Family and Community

  • Pre-K Handwriting Without Tears

  • Pre-Literacy and Vocabulary

  • Math and Science

  • Music and Creative Movement.

🍎 Each month, the GFCC curriculum builds on the previous months' goals and lessons taught.

🍎 Take a look at January's Thematic Units:

  • The Color White

  • Dressing for Winter Weather

  • Snow

  • Bears and Hibernation

  • Eskimos and Penguins

  • The stories and nursery rhymes -- "The Three Bears," "Three Kittens," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe."

  • Reinforce safety and playground rules

  • Work with children putting on their own coats, buttoning, and zipping

  • Continue talking about: Emotions, Friends and How to be a good friends

  • Continue reviewing independent skills learned in September, October, November and December

🍎 For Language, here are a few of the things a 3-year-old would experience:

  • Children will talk about words they may not be familiar with such as "porridge." Which is the largest, smallest, in the middle? We will have the children make predictions of what might happen in a story.

  • Continue instructing the children that the printed word is being read from top to bottom and left to right, pages are being turned from the beginning of the book to the end (or from left to right), and letting children follow the words with their finger in a Big Book.

  • Introduce the sequence of a story -- What happened first, next, last?

  • Continue talking about the Title of the book, the Title page, the Author, and the Illustrator.

  • Continue encouraging children to use the correct pencil grip.

  • Continue working on attention spans of up to 15 minutes.

🍎 In Math:

  • Introduce number recognition and correlation of numbers 9 and 10, by using a variety of activities. (Note: the number 1-8 would have been introduced and taught in the previous months.)

  • Patterning objects in a more advanced or different style pattern.

  • Continue calendar concepts of time by pointing out that "Yesterday was _____, today is _____, and tomorrow will be _____."

  • Continue with graphing and sorting, using varying sizes of pinchers and tongs to strengthen the 3-year-olds fine motor skills.

🍎 In Science:

  • Introduce the season of Winter. What changes will the children begin to see?

  • Discuss covering noses and mouths when we cough or sneeze and frequently washing hands.

  • How do people keep warm? How do animals keep warm?

  • Introduce Hibernation with Bears... What does a bear do when it hibernates? Is a bear a mammal? What are the characteristics of a mammal?

  • Introduce "migration" with birds.

  • Do a study on penguins. Do Penguins wear sweaters?

  • How do Eskimos stay warm in very cold weather?

🍎 In Social Studies/History:

  • Introduce the culture of a people who live in cold climates and how they adapt to the cold. (Eskimo, homes, foods, travel, pets, clothes)

🍎 In Art:

  • Continue to encourage and assist students in cutting their own pieces (from a traced pattern) for their project art.

  • Continue teaching proper use of art materials and processes. This is what we teach about glue. Make "baby dots" of glue or glue stick to hold down small pieces and several "baby dots" will hold down larger pieces.

🍎 Below, please enjoy these January pictures that demonstrate some of the winter art that our 3-year-old children create.




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