Three year old preschool

Individualize learning and natural development

Rosewood Academy uses the research-based and proven Early Literacy and Learning Model Plus (ELLM/Plus) as well as the Learn Everyday and Creative Curriculum in our 3-year-old classrooms. This approach helps individualize learning to fit the natural development of your child.

One of the strengths of ELLM is the emphasis on responsibility, good citizenship, and friendship. We put an emphasis on practicing good manners in our classrooms and on the playground. In addition, your child will benefit from the activities we plan to help develop gross motor skills.

Our two spacious playgrounds are very much a part of your child’s early development, as they help stimulate their imagination and offer continued physical development and coordination. Weather permitting, our 3-year-olds spend time on the playgrounds at least twice a day.

Our approach is always child-centered. Teachers in this classroom will initiate an idea, and allow the children to create their own learning experience based on what they already know and what they want to learn. We want to provide your child with the best, most enjoyable, most productive preschool education. Our preschool for 3-year-olds includes:

  • Introduction of a letter, number, word, color, theme, concept and skill each week
  • Beginning reading skills – upper & lowercase experiences, phonics, sight words, word walls, sentence structure
  • Emergent writing skills – scribbling, drawing
  • Continued development of small muscles – beginner use of scissors under supervision
  • Concepts of print introduction – how to open a book, where to start reading, left to right progression, use of capital letters, author, illustrator, letters in words, words in sentences and sentence structure.
  • Books – We will read to your child frequently throughout each day in order to expand their knowledge on our themes. We’ll use a variety of reading materials (fantasy, factual, multicultural, diverse ability, poetry). Additionally we make books accessible at all times for your child to read at their leisure.
  • Science – Natural items, magnifying glasses, scales, magnets, color viewers, thermometers, living items.
  • Math – Manipulatives are available to foster discovery of size, shape and color. Math activities will begin developing such concepts as repetition counting, one to one correspondence, comparison of amounts and sizes, classification, sorting, grouping, matching, sequencing, ordering, volume, dimensions and time.
  • Creative expression – Dramatic play center, art center, block center, music and movement, puppets and flannel board stories.
  • Continued development of large muscles – climbing, hopping, skipping, galloping, marching, riding toys with and without pedals, push-pull toys, sliding, manipulating balls, and swinging.
  • Social and Personal Skills – Playing cooperatively with others, taking turns, listening and expressing ideas, stating their name, age and address, demonstrating self-help skills, showing confidence, controlling behavior and demonstrating pride in own work.


There’s never been a better time to choose a preschool for 3 year olds. We look forward to working with you and your 3-year-old to lay a firm foundation for their future education.