Junior Preschool (3-4 years)

 

juniorpreschool1Children of this age exhibit well-developed personalities. They are able to make their own decisions, make new friends, analyze situations, and meet their own needs. As educators, we adopt a guidance role for children the more they demonstrate the capacity to direct their learning. We aim to establish a foundation of support for children to ensure that they feel comfortable to ask questions and express themselves freely. Their curiosity is the best path to take when trying to engage them and make learning fun and meaningful.

At this age it is important to help children learn to identify their emotions and express their feelings, in addition to recognizing these emotions in others. Children are socialized to take the roles of others; this can be in the form of imagining themselves in another’s shoes and learning to see themselves as others see them. These types of prosocial behaviours are encouraged by reading stories that provide valuable lessons related to these topics and various role-play activities.

Games and activities are planned to enhance children’s development in multiple areas such as language, reasoning, and problem-solving, gross motor and fine motor skills, creativity, and social-emotional domains. An important focus at this age is to practice children’s fine motor skills necessary for holding pencils and early writing efforts.