PRESCHOOL

“Junior Preschoolers” 3 to 4 Years

THREE IS A MAGICAL YEAR. YOUR CHILD’S MIND IS NOT JUST A SPONGE BUT A SUPER COMPUTER, ABSORBING NEW INFORMATION AND MOST OF ALL MAKING NEW CONNECTIONS.

FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE, READING BOOKS, AND GAINING SOCIAL CONFIDENCE, WE’RE NOW IN FULL INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER MODE WITH YOUR 3-YEAR OLD PRESCHOOLER

PRESCHOOL

“Junior Preschoolers” 3 to 4 Years

THREE IS A MAGICAL YEAR. YOUR CHILD’S MIND IS NOT JUST A SPONGE BUT A SUPER COMPUTER, ABSORBING NEW INFORMATION AND MOST OF ALL MAKING NEW CONNECTIONS.

FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE, READING BOOKS, AND GAINING SOCIAL CONFIDENCE, WE’RE NOW IN FULL INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER MODE WITH YOUR 3-YEAR OLD PRESCHOOLER

BRUSHING TEETH AND SHAKING HANDS – TEACHING MORE ADVANCED PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL SKILLS

Our preschoolers look forward to working on their practical life sections during their daily play.

Everyday tasks that we take for granted as adults require a significant amount of concentration to complete from start to finish for our 3-year olds.

Mastering these hands-on activities requires a great amount of focus and logic but provide immense joy and satisfaction when mastered as it boosts preschoolers’ self-esteem in the classroom and life outside of it.

Focusing on clean up, putting materials away, walking in a lineup and tucking chairs in, teaches a respect for the classroom environment. This becomes a shared space for all and provides an introduction to the importance of organization and cleanliness.

Transcending space, we must also be respectful to those around us – hence a focus on social courtesies. Familiarizing preschoolers with the concept of shaking hands, saying please and thank you, how to gracefully interject an adult conversation or how to cough and sneeze discreetly is a fun component for all.

Most importantly, teaching self-care is an initiative in becoming physically independent. Teaching our budding preschoolers how to correctly wash hands, brush teeth and hair, tie shoes and dress themselves are core skills to feeling all grown up.

ENCOURAGING COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE

Positivity, patience and praise are core values of our preschool classrooms. Creating a warm and safe space, teachers nurture the awesome individuality of our 3 year olds.

Enhancing self-confidence and esteem in every preschooler are the building blocks upon which our children construct a strong sense of self-worth and purpose. Role-play, circle time and community-building projects are strategies we implement to introduce self-respect and respect towards others and their environment.

Encouraging our little ones to speak up during play and circle time, increases confidence and ability to resolve conflict.

Providing tools to help them distinguish between right and wrong, we focus on acquiring necessary skills for creative problem solving, socialization and developing a sense of responsibility.

EVEN SHAKESPEARE STARTED WITH ABC AND SQUIGGLY LINES ON A PAGE

It’s time we inspire the curious preschooler to begin reading and writing!

Visual learning is the most effective method to guide young 3 year-olds through the challenging pre-reading stage.

Focusing on recognizing letters and identifying sounds through flash cards and anchor posters, teachers raise a concrete phonological awareness (how words and letter combinations sound).

Since reading is a systematic learning of simple phonetics that eventually lead to more complex phonics and sounds – or complete words, we focus on reading first and writing thereafter.

Subsequently, our inspired preschool teachers combine fun sensory activities with learning how to trace. Hands on activities implement fun into the early stages of writing where preschoolers trace letters and numbers with shaving cream, paint, in sand and much more! This transforms the prewriting stage into an engaging and enjoyable learning.

SEEDING THE LOVE (AND APPRECIATION) OF SCIENCE AND MATH

While we focus on tracing, recognizing and most importantly, comprehending numbers 1-50, art is mainly prescribed to inspire mathematical and scientific concepts.

The preschool program introduces little ones to math concepts with engaging activities such as building geometric shapes, sorting and sequencing with crafts or using music to teach patterns through repetition.

Implementing a love for science is accomplished through cool experiments that ignite the senses as teachers excite curiosities about the human body, animals, weather patterns and space.

Meet yOur Teachers

Ms. Tiara

Ms. Tiara | Preschool

My name is Tiara but you can call me Ms. T! I have been working in childcare for the last 7 years and I am also a registered behavioral technician. I am Trinidadian and was raised in Washington. Arizona has been my home for the last 7 years!

In my free time, I am normally hanging out with my friends and family or my dog Blue. My favorite color is blue and I love to cook and find new recipes! 

I am currently furthering my education in nursing at Mesa Community College and am so excited to join the PLA family!

Ms. Kelsey

Ms. Kelsey | Preschool  I was born and raised in Iowa and I attended the University of Iowa (GO HAWKEYES) where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on child development. I moved to Gilbert a year ago to be closer to my best friend and to explore new opportunities. In my spare time I love hiking, swimming, participating in trivia nights, and going to movies. I have always felt it was my passion to work with kids so I am extremely excited to be a part of the PLA family!

Ms. Janet

Ms. Janet | Preschool

I am a California native and I grew up in the South Bay Area. I moved to Mesa in March and I am enjoying it here! I look forward to exploring and taking in the beautiful scenery and everything Arizona has to offer! My favorite things to do include watching hockey (Go LA Kings!), being outdoors and going to see a movie. I have been teaching since 1997, from the toddlers through Pre-K. Throughout my teaching career, I have had the pleasure of helping children learn and grow in so many ways. One of the greatest rewards for me is watching their development through the years and I am so proud that I was a part of it!

Ms. Delihla

Ms. Delihla | Preschool

I was born and raised in Arizona and I am the second oldest out of five and I have three nieces and two nephews—we are quite a big family and we just keep growing!

I started working with children almost 3 years ago, and I have been in love with what I do ever since! I am currently working on my bachelors for Early Childhood Education at GCU in hopes to one day become a teacher. 

I am so excited for my journey here at PLA and I can’t wait to watch my little ones learn and grow!

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