Pre K3

3-4 Years

lB Learner Profile

To begin learning about IB PYP teachers will introduce IB Learner Profile Attributes. Attributes such as Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Balanced, Reflective, and Courageous will expose students to characteristics of a global citizen.

In Pre- K 3 emphasis is on the International Baccalaureate: Primary Years Programme that begins with the Programme of Inquiry.  An inquiry based program where students will explore the transdisciplinary theme, its central idea, key concepts and related concepts in which the central idea is based on and the lines of inquiry which will invoke questioning.

IB: Primary Years Programme

Students and teachers unpack the meaning of each attribute and how they can be applied to students’ everyday experience. Using the lines of inquiry students dive into and explore the transdisciplinary themes such as, Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How do we express ourselves , How the world works, How do we organize ourselves and Sharing the Planet.   In this framework of the PYP, the S.T.E.A.M philosophy is incorporated to create a well-rounded curriculum that includes literacy as well.

S.T.E.A.M.

Science: Slides and bouncing balls provide a natural physics lab. The slide is an experiment in gravity, and swings are laws of motion in action.

Technology: Interactive activities allow for greater acquisition of academic concepts.

Engineering: Tinkering and building to gain an understanding that the whole is the sum of all its’ parts.

Art: Students express their creativity through painting and drawing utilizing an assortment of art medians.

Mathematics: Age appropriate patterning, exploring shapes, counting, estimating, sorting, and comparing/contrasting promote number sense.

There is a series of Scopes and Sequences that are used to evaluate our students:

  • Students gain an understanding and are aware of their similarities and their differences that are later reflected upon in order to learn and understand themselves better.
  • We enjoy and experience different forms of arts.
  • We collect information to make sense of the world around us.
  • Make and test predictions.
  • Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society.
  • Engage in a variety of different physical activities.
  • We enjoy and experience different forms of arts.
  • We can enjoy and learn from creating art.

Social/Emotional Development

At this age children are becoming much more independent. In addition, their social skills are also beginning to improve greatly.

Children may now be able to cooperate with his or her friends, take turns, and may begin to show some problem-solving skills. At this point in development, your child should be able to:

  • Imitate parents and friends
  • Show affection for familiar family and friends
  • Understands the idea of “mine” and “his/hers”
  • Show a wide range of emotions, such as being sad, angry, happy, or bored

Children at this stage of development have a very active imagination. This can be good and bad. Fantasy and pretend play becomes more interesting and involved. Learning Ladders has a variety of activities that provide children an outlet for their creativity.

Physical Development

Your busy preschooler continues to be on the move. Some of the Physical tasks that they should be able to accomplish are:

  • Walk up and down stairs, alternating feet — one foot per step
  • Kick, throw, and catch a ball
  • Climb well
  • Run more confidently and ride a tricycle
  • Hop and stand on one foot for up to five seconds
  • Walk forward and backward easily
  • Bend over without falling

Children at this age are becoming much more agile At this point in their development, children should be able to:

  • More easily handle small objects and turn a page in a book
  • Use age-appropriate scissors
  • Copy circles and squares
  • Draw a person with two to four body parts
  • Write some capital letters
  • Build a tower with four or more blocks

Mental Development

This is the age where children become very verbal. Some of the linguistic milestones that should be met at this age are:

  • Say their name and age
  • Speak 250 to 500 words
  • Answer simple questions
  • Speak in sentences of five to six words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4
  • Speak clearly
  • Tell stories

Children at this age will start asking lots of questions. “Why is the sky blue? Why do birds have feathers?” Questions, questions, and more questions! While it may be annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone. In addition to asking “why?” all the time, children at this age should be able to:

  • Correctly name familiar colors
  • Understand the idea of same and different
  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Remember parts of a story
  • Understand time better (for example, morning, afternoon, night)
  • Count, and understand the concept of counting
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures