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3s & 4s (Pre-K) Ya Ya

Expected Phase-In Period: 4 to 7 school days. 

Age Cutoff: Please refer to the Admissions Page.

In this mixed-age group of threes and fours, children develop empathy and maximize their potential by learning from each other. The more seasoned fours flourish their leadership skills by modeling for and "mentoring" the younger threes. The younger children accelerate the development of their social-emotional, Mandarin language, and academic skills by observing and interacting with the older children. Each child will continue to master the skills that they have acquired previously and build more advanced ones. Equipped with longer attention spans and cognitive abilities than the twos, they are able to dive deeper into topic studies and experiment with newer challenges outside their comfort zones. The teachers are trained to observe closely and therefore able to provide individualized support for every child in all the developmental areas from cognitive to social-emotional. The ultimate goal is to prepare them to acquire the necessary skills to become ready for Kindergarten and beyond.

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Sample Schedule

Half Day

Morning Work Time

Circle Time, Music & Movement

Snack Time & Bathroom

Topic Study

Topic Learning Stations

Outdoor / Gross Motor

Lunch & Story Time


Full Day

Morning Work Time

Circle Time, Music & Movement

Snack Time & Bathroom

Topic Study

Topic Learning Stations

Outdoor / Gross Motor

Lunch & Story Time

​Rest / Nap Time

Work Time / Outdoor



3s Development Benchmarks


Social and Emotional

  • Manages classroom routines and rules with occasional reminder

  • Meets own needs independently

  • Shows concern about others' feelings

  • Enters groups successfully

  • Starts to share and take turns

  • Suggests solutions to social problems



  • Follows simple directions without gesture

  • Describes the use of familiar items

  • Uses complete, 4-6 word sentences and tells stories with logical order and major details

  • Engages in conversations of at least three exchanges

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  • Runs and avoids obstacles and people while moving

  • Sustains balance during simple movement activities

  • Manipulates balls with flexibility

  • Cuts along straight line

  • Starts to draw/write with a 3-finger grip

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  • Orients books and turns pages correctly

  • Indicates where to start reading and the direction to follow

  • Pretends to read using some of the language from the text

  • Retells familiar stories with prompts

  • Writes segments of letter or character forms



  • Verbally counts to 10 with 5 objects counted accurately

  • Instantly tells quantity up to 5

  • Identifies numerals to 5

  • Recognizes circle, square, triangle

  • Compares size, length, weight, or volume

  • Copies simple repeating patterns



  • Starts to ignore distractions when working on interesting tasks

  • Pursues age-appropriate challenges

  • Solves problems without trying every possibility

  • Seeks answers to a variety of topics

  • Recalls experiences in order with details

  • Sorts objects by color, size, or shape

  • Draws and then tells what it is

4s Development Benchmarks


Social and Emotional

  • Starts to apply rules to new but similar setting

  • Completes chosen task independently

  • Identifies basic emotion reactions and their causes accurately

  • Easily enters into ongoing group play

  • Initiates sharing at school and outdoors

  • Starts to solve social problems through negotiation and compromise



  • Follows directions of 2 or more steps

  • Starts to incorporate new words in conversations

  • Tells elaborate stories

  • Engages in conversations of 3 to 5 exchanges



  • Runs smoothly, jumps, and spins

  • Sustains balance during complex movement activities (e.g., jump rope)

  • Manipulates balls with full body motion

  • Uses small, precise finger and hand movements

  • Draws/writes with a 3-finger grip



  • Knows some features of a book (title, author, etc.)

  • Shows awareness of some features of print (radical, etc.)

  • Pretends to read, reciting language that closely match the story

  • Retells familiar stories with details

  • Begins to copy Chinese characters



  • Verbally counts to 20 with 10-20 objects counted accurately

  • Makes sets of 6-10 objects Identifies numerals to 10

  • Recognizes 2- and 3-D shapes

  • Uses numbers to compare and knows the purpose of basic measuring tools

  • Extends and creates simple repeating patterns



  • Plans and pursues a variety of challenging tasks

  • Starts to think problems through and come up with several solutions

  • Begins to explore answers to questions

  • Starts to use strategies to remember information

  • Sorts objects by one trait, then another

  • Uses drawings to represent ideas

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