In the Beginners (Age 3) Early Childhood program, children start to develop the foundation for independent learning, and acquire skills through creative play, projects and activities. Following a daily routine that includes unpacking their backpacks, circle time, morning work, special activities, playtime, rest, afternoon work and dismissal, our Beginners foster a sense of responsibility and pride, which is a fundamental part of the Ranney experience.
The Beginners curriculum provides a variety of experiences centered on development of pre-reading skills, such as letter recognition and early phonetic awareness, counting 1-10, colors, basic shapes, sensory awareness and social-emotional development. Each month, the Beginner students are introduced to a color, shape, number and a set of letters, with a goal of having students identify and recreate shapes, numbers and letters using various media. They also construct simple patterns, group items by color and develop sound/letter recognition skills. The Beginners curriculum incorporates themes, such as Thanksgiving, snowflakes, hearts and caring, and farm animals – activities that are intended to make learning interesting and meaningful.