Three-year-old preschool

The three-year old program incorporates a curriculum that further enhances the socialization of the young child. Interactions with classmates, teachers, and teacher assistants are integral parts of the total program. As the year progresses the 3-year-olds’ play becomes more complex and more social. They begin to better follow rules, share and cooperatively solve problems. Our program encourages 3-year-olds’ to become more creative, learn to make decisions and build knowledge on the way the world works.

As an International Baccalaureate World School (IB), HFCA uses IB's Primary Years Programme to further improve the quality of our curriculum, and ensure that we consistently focus on the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and actions that young students need to develop to be productive and successful in the 21st century. Using inquiry-based learning, we employ a transdisciplinary approach to build on children’s natural curiosity as they explore authentic issues in their world.

Age-appropriate academic skills are introduced along with music and art instruction in the classroom. Students also attend physical education classes and our monthly “in-house field trip” exploring “hands-on/mind-on” STEM topics. Students in the full-day class have Spanish language instruction twice a week and music class once a week. 

Throughout the day the three-year-old children are exposed to literature, fingerplays, art, and other sensory experiences. Skills are developed through the use of games, fine and gross motor activities, songs and introductory phonics, letter recognition, and number sense. 

We offer a 3-day morning program (MWF) that meets* from 9:00-11:30, a 3 full-day class that meets MWF from 9:00-3:00, and a 5 full-day class that meets from 9:00-3:00. Potty training is required for all 3-year-olds.

* Class times are approximate. Drop-off and pick-up instructions will vary by classroom to manage arrival and dismissal safely and efficiently for our students. Check out our youngest scientists. During one of their IB Units, this 3 year-old class was asked, "What happens when we bring snow inside?" Tapping into the students' natural curiosity, our youngest scientists learn to ask questions, make predictions, experiment, observe with their senses, and share their findings. Great scientists never seem to forget getting hooked on those early and fun learning experiences.