Honey Bears – Three-Year-Olds

Honey Bear Child Care Center Home Pic

Welcome to the Honey Bears. The three-year-old program is carefully planned to keep your child busy and learning through a variety of hands-on experiences each day. The Honey Bear’s daily classroom practice and programming objectives are designed to support Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center’s philosophy and established long-term goals.

Curriculum

The curriculum in the Honey Bears is based on accepted current early childhood education theory and methodology and is organized around the basic tenet that children learn first about themselves, their close environment and their families, and then build upon that learning to expand their horizons according to interests and experiential opportunities. The curriculum throughout the center focuses on the developmental needs of the whole child—emphasizing the integration of cognitive, physical and social/emotional development. In the Honey Bear curriculum, themes are designed to include opportunities for children to develop these areas through small and large group activities, self-selected and self-directed independent activities, teacher-initiated activities, time indoors and outdoors, quiet times and active times.

The variety of activities and materials used in the Honey Bear Classroom allows children to explore their environment through their senses. To encourage the development of the whole child, Honey Bear teachers select developmentally (or age) appropriate activities from seven main areas of concentration: language arts and early literacy skills, fine motor, large motor, sensory experiences, science and pre-math, self-care and pre-school learning skills. The activities involve thinking, muscle coordination, imagination and problem solving skills which form the building blocks laid in preparation for formal education and higher reasoning used later in life.

Program Highlights

Music & Movement Lab – Located upstairs above the pre-school. Honey Bear teachers use the lab to enhance their large motor and language arts curriculum. There are instruments to play, a keyboard and autoharp to use, tumbling tools (foam blocks, scarves, etc.), and extra-large balls, rings, and hula-hoops.

Spanish – simple Spanish words (colors, counting, body parts, hello/good-bye) are included in the curriculum.

Special events – Throughout the year the Honey Bear children participate in a variety of special events from holiday pageants and costume parades to a Mother’s Day luncheon with mommy.

Honey Bear Name Board – Each child has a honey bear with his/her name printed on it. The children hang the bear on the board when they arrive at school and take it down when they leave for the day.