Crane Class (3-4 years)

Three-and four-year olds in the Crane Class continue to develop social and self-help skills in a fun, structured environment. Cranes also begin to participate in games and exercises designed to develop math and reading readiness.  Crane students learn responsibility for their space and belongings, and become increasingly self-sufficient.

In math, the focus is on number skills: recognition of numbers from 1-10, and concepts of quantity. Recognition of shapes, colors and patterns also form the framework for more advanced mathematical skills. Calendar exercises reinforce counting and number skills, and provide a link to science topics through discussions of weather and seasons.

Three and four year olds receive an introduction to phonics in the Crane class through stories, poems, and simple exercises. Children learn correct, comfortable writing positions and practice writing their names; a skill that makes them very proud! Through these academic activities, students hone their motor skills, learn to follow directions, and work independently.

In addition to academics, there are always many opportunities for creative and free play. Cranes love to visit the dress up area, curl up with a favorite book in the library corner, or let their imaginations run wild with art projects.  During play, students develop their social skills and learn to express themselves.

*In addition to regular classroom teachers, the Crane Class also has music, Japanese, Spanish and yoga lessons from specialized teachers every week.

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  • Curriculum
  • Schedule
Month Language Math Science Values Art
September Introduction to the Alphabet 1, 2, 3 Five Senses Honesty Painting Without Brushes
October Same and Different 4, 5, 6, 7 Body Parts Respect Color Mixing
November Rhyming Words Size Comparisons
8, 9, 10
Farm Animals Courage Marble Painting
December Story Telling Counting and Writing
1 – 5
Hibernation & Migration Understanding Recycle
January Letter Sound Review Number Recognition
6 - 10
Jungle Animals Trust Modeling Clay
February Poetry Sequencing Dental Health Compassion Sewing
March Beginning Sounds Grouping
Sea Life Right and Wrong 3-D Art
April Fairy Tales 1 to 1 Relationship Plants and Seeds Sensitivity Textures
May Creating a Book Counting and Writing 1-10 Farm Animals Caring Flowers
June Poems Review 1 - 10 Insects Responsibility Patterns and Design
July Science Adventures Number Exploration
August Science Adventures Number Exploration
Morning Schedule
7:00 School Opens
Inside / Outside Play
9:00 – 9:30 Circle Time & Snack Time
9:30 – 10:00 (Alternate Days) Music/Japanese/Library Time
10:00 – 10:30 Inside / Outside Play
10:30 – 11:00 Academic Time / Science Time
11:00 – 11:15 Make Beds
11:15 – 11:55 Lunch Time
12:00 – 1:00 Outside Play
Afternoon Schedule
1:00 – 3:00 Bathroom & Nap Time
3:00 – 3:45 Wake up and Snack Time
3:45 – 4:15 Library & Story Time
4:15 – 5:00 (Alternate Days) P.E. / Art / Puzzles / Projects
5:00 – 6:00 Outside Play & Go Home