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Early Preschool

Approximately 2 -3 years of age

Hands-On Learning Activities in Early Preschool

Early Preschoolers bounce through their classroom door and often don’t look back. They are excited to be at school and comfortable saying bye-bye to mom or dad. They are eager to see their friends. With their increased attention span, they are using toys for their intended purposes – they put the pegs in the pegboard rather than eating them (most of the time). They want to spend longer amounts of time playing and exploring rather than bouncing around from activity to activity. Early Preschool students have a sense of routine and enjoy predictability, so knowing that they will have music and art each day before lunch really suits them well. These young children are seeking new challenges and we are happy to provide them with many opportunities to learn through their play.

One of the most important life skills that we work on in this classroom is potty training! Often an intimidating process for new parents, we make it our goal to ease you through this process and bring success to your preschooler when he or she is ready! By the way, we don’t require potty training in any of our Programs, so your child’s progress won’t be hindered if he or she isn’t potty trained yet.

In the Early Preschool Program, a group of 16 children moves through the campus with two teachers, creating an Early Preschooler to Teacher ratio of 8:1.


Cognitive activities include:
  • Recognizing the first letter of one’s name
  • Sorting objects by color
  • Identifying shapes
Language activities include:
  • Expressing needs and emotions like “I’m mad” or “I want…”
  • Singing entire songs – not just parts of them
  • Stringing together 3 to 4 word sentences
Fine motor activities include:
  • Drawing circles and lines
  • Using lacing cards and stringing beads
  • Self-help skills like dressing and putting on coats
Gross motor activities include:
  • Jumping in and out of hula hoops
  • Walking on a balance beam
  • Riding tricycles with and without pedals
Social/emotional activities include:
  • Developing more independence
  • Playing cooperative games like “Doggy, doggy, where’s your bone?”
  • Dressing up and role-playing
Art activities include:
  • Sculpting with clay or Play-Doh
  • Mixing colors
  • Cutting with scissors
Music activities include:
  • Dancing and movement
  • Learning simple music theory like rhythms and the difference between loud and soft sounds
  • Beginning to play instruments like drums
Spanish activities include:
  • Learning colors
  • Beginning to count
  • Naming simple objects like body parts and family members
Technology activities include:
  • Mastering mouse control
  • Navigating through simple programs
  • Learning computer parts, like the monitor, mouse, and keyboard

Your child will have fun learning in BeanTree's Preschool Program.