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Between two and three years, children begin to internalize what you say to them. They pay more attention to directions and store them in their memory bank.  When you say the same thing to a three-year-old, they seem to reflect, "Oh, yes, I remember."  

Note: The ability to make instructions part of themselves makes discipline easier.

Threes are easier to live with. Threes have the language skills that let two-way communication become real conversation.  Threes are more settled having spent a whole year refining their language skills.  

Threes are less egocentric(self-centered, selfish).   While twos notice their parent's emotions, threes get involved with them.   

Threes become more satisfied with themselves, more obedient, and begin to praise "self. "  

The no's of the twos become “yeses for threes.Threes understand rules and consequences for breaking them.  

Threes thrives on choices and selection process makes them feel important.  


NOTE:  Share your choice-making with threes!   




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Puzzle in a Shoebox

PUZZLE IN A SHOEBOX from "Games for Preschoolers" (BJ10) Product with more ideas in

      Skills Reinforced:  Working together, thinking   


1.      Two groups of children sit on the floor in two different circles.  

2.      Two shoeboxes are filled with puzzle pieces in it.

3.      If an 8-piece puzzle is used, then have eight children sit in a circle.   Keep the same amount of puzzle pieces for each group.  

4.      At the signal, the first child pulls out one piece of puzzle from each group and places it in the middle of the circle and returns to their spot.

5.      The shoebox is passed to the second child who places it next to the other puzzle piece.

6.      This continues until all 8 pieces of puzzle are next to each other.

7.      As the groups start again with the first child, that child has 10 seconds to try to connect two pieces together.   If the child does it or does not do it, that child returns to their spot and the next child tries to connect two pieces.

8.      This continues around the circle until the puzzle is completed.   Remember if a child connects two pieces of puzzle together only, they must return to their spot.  

9.      The first team to complete the puzzle ...

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One to Ten Relay


 Skills Reinforced:  Number Identification 1-10, Fine and Gross Motor Movements


1.      Select two groups of ten and have a starting line ten feet from the blackboard.

2.      The teacher gives the “go” signal with a movement direction like “hop on one foot.”  The first set of children move to the blackboard hopping.   They write number 1 and hop back.   The children with numbers three and six proceed to “hop on one foot” and exchange squares.   The caller also tries to get to one of the squares “hopping on one foot” before the others do.

3.      The next set of children may have the direction of walking backwards and they write 2 and walk backwards back.  

4.      The teacher continues to create eight more movements until the number 10 is on the blackboard.

5.      This game can continue by having the children erase one number at a time in a relay until all the numbers are erased.

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