At WAEL, we help our Threes build foundations in physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive growth that will serve them throughout their school years and beyond.
Our Three-Year-Olds spend time each day jumping, biking, throwing, catching, running, and climbing to help develop important gross motor skills. Pulling, pushing, gripping, buttoning, lacing, tearing, and cutting help our children develop those small muscles so they will be adept in the future at holding a pencil correctly, zipping their jackets, and tying their shoes. We encourage independence in our children and give them daily opportunities for decision-making. The students learn to become responsible for their personal care (hand washing and toileting skills) and for the things that belong to them. Learning to get along, to take turns, to share, to have patience, to demonstrate self-control, and to show empathy are essential elements of social development. Our Threes practice daily as they participate in dramatic play, run trucks up and down mountains, or turn Legos into a fortress. Telling the stories of Jesus is an important part of our day. Whether through books, music, or our weekly chapel lesson in the sanctuary, our children are learning about the love of the Father and their place in His world. We place an emphasis on academics because research indicates that prior to age five is when children’s brains acquire the most knowledge.
Our structured program focuses on cognitive development through hands-on experiences in mathematical reasoning and scientific inquiry. We expand the students’ phonemic awareness and communication skills by conducting whole and small group literacy instruction. We offer flexible groups that target the interests, development, and abilities of our students. Weekly enrichment programs like Spanish, drama, music, chapel, and physical education complete a busy and exciting Three-year-old program.
The Threes participate in two school productions each year and attend field trips that are age-appropriate and compliment the learning taking place within the classrooms.