3's Program Overview

Our 3’s program is a positive social experience with a rich variety of activities that teach children how to become part of a larger community.

We foster an environment in which children learn to express their needs, solve problems creatively and communicate comfortably with a variety of people. Children form deep friendships with teachers and classmates, and gain an appreciation for the diversity of individuals in their community.

At Calhoun, preschoolers have the freedom to discover who they are. We emphasize tactile, emotional experiences that allow students to develop self-confidence and cultivate a curiosity for the world around them.

Cognitive Development

Language Arts
  • Acquiring language—building and retaining vocabulary
  • Communicating effectively through listening, understanding & self-expression
  • Comprehending, retaining and making predictions when being read to
  • Recognizing rhymes
  • Relaying incidents and creating narrative
  • Recognizing letters and learning that language involves symbols                   
  • Understanding directionality—reading is left to right
Mathematical Thinking
  • Shape, color and size recognition
  • Exploration of spatial relations, weight, and balance
  • Comparing, sorting and categorizing
  • Recognizing patterns and sequencing
  • Counting and comparing quantities
  • Being curious, observing and measuring
  • Observing the natural world        
  • Learning about weather, growth and life cycles        
  • Observing the physical world
  •  Learning about texture, flow and other properties of materials
  •  Experiencing changes through mixing and baking during cooking
Social Studies
  • Learning about the self in relation to family and the school community
  • Developing friendships
  • Exploring fairness and justice
  • Working toward cooperation, problem solving and reading non-verbal expression
  • Learning about other cultures as well as similarities and differences between individuals and families
  • Recognizing another language, specifically Spanish
  • Developing fine motor dexterity, handedness and directionality
  • Engaging in creative self-expression, creativity, color exploration, coordination, spatial relations and visual discrimination 
  • Engaging in multi-sensory exploration, storytelling and self-expression
  • In music, coordinating rhythmic movement and song

Physical Development

  • Developing gross motor skills such as hand-eye coordination, stamina, balance, body awareness, strength and agility    
  • Learning about rules and taking turns          
  • Developing rhythm through movement to music                       
  • Developing awareness of self-space and moving without bumping others

Personal and Social Development

  • Learning to trust and take comfort from new adults
  • Separating from caregivers and making transitions throughout the day
  • Learning to follow directions
  • Self-care such as putting on one’s coat and toileting, self-respect and independence
  • Using words to convey feelings, ideas and needs
  • Sharing materials and ideas
  • Learning to follow and to lead, to delay gratification and develop healthy boundaries
  • Learning to listen to others (self-regulation) and to speak (leadership) during meeting time
  • Becoming aware of others’ feelings and needs and learning to negotiate
  • Developing independence, self-confidence and the ability to self-direct and make good choices
  • Developing a sense of responsibility to the community

Routines/Weekly Schedule

  • Developing listening and speaking skills
  • Learning to take turns
  • Lengthening attention span
  • Singing
Choice/Work Time
  • Introducing a new concept, skill or material
  • Utilizing imagination and creativity
  • Working independently or in a small group
  • Exploring the learning centers (eg blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, art)
  • Encouraging conversation and the sharing of ideas
Outdoor Play
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning to share and take turns using outdoor equipment
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Taking appropriate risks
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Allowing children to make predictions
  • Encouraging discussions
  • Asking questions
  • Developing pre-reading skills
  • Singing, dancing, finger plays and movement games
  • Developing coordination, rhythm and different ways of moving
  • Introducing Spanish songs and music
Physical Education
  • Developing spatial awareness
  • Cooperation and listening skills
  • Responsible social behavior in a physically active setting
students playing in sandbox

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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