Teddy Bears (3s) Program Overview

New Beginnings' Teddy Bears Program is for children who turn three (3) by December 1.  It is designed to give children a first "school” experience.  The program allows three year old children the opportunity to socialize with their peers, to explore various art media, and to enjoy learning through music, stories, and play.

Children may be registered to attend the Teddy Bears class for two, three, four, or five days per week. Class is held from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Children enrolled in the 3s program are NOT required to be toilet trained in order to attend.  Teachers are prepared to change diapers and/or support parents in toilet training efforts.  

Program Goals and Objectives

We want children in the New Beginnings 3s program to feel comfortable and secure, attending class in an atmosphere of love and acceptance that encourages and supports the growth and development of the whole child: physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual.

  • Modeled Christian Values will be taught daily through Bible stories, songs, and finger plays.  Three year olds will participate in chapel one to two days per week, and there will be prayer before snack and lunch times.

  • Teacher-Directed Activities provide the framework for the 3s program.  Not only do children learn classroom etiquette, but they also practice following directions and participating in group activities.  Through listening to stories, participating in discussions and music, and helping clean up at the end of each activity, they work towards cooperative learning.

  • Social Skills: Caring, welcoming teachers help the children feel comfortable and secure in the classroom.  Teacher-directed activities help children improve their verbal skills. Playtime fosters peer relationships.  They also learn appropriate communication skills to facilitate relating to their teachers and peers, verbalizing their needs, wants, likes, and dislikes, and sharing and playing with others.

  • Arts and Crafts: Teachers encourage children to participate in daily art activities using a variety of media.  Participation is not mandatory, but encouraged.

  • Motor Skills: Teachers model how to use scissors, pencils, and crayons, and how to construct puzzles.  Children are given ample opportunity to practice these skills daily. Outdoor and indoor playtime activities, such as jumping, hopping, skipping, and running are designed to help children exercise their large muscles and develop good coordination skills.

  • Readiness Skills: Teachers in the 3s program work as a team to help children develop some of the skills they will need to be ready for school.  Children work on recognizing the printed version of their first names, counting to 10, and identifying simple shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, and hearts.  They will learn at least five colors, the numbers from one to ten, and begin to recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet.