Prepper 3 Program:


Appletree’s Prepper 3 Navigators Program provides children ages 3 ½ - 4 ½ with a productive, positive and engaging curriculum to help develop pre-kindergarten skills. Our Prepper 3 Lead Teachers focus on advancing our little learners’ letter recognition, letter sounds, math skills, fine arts, and handwriting skills through thoughtfully prepared lesson plans. Our Prepper 3 curriculum focuses on activities (art, social studies, and science projects), introducing beginning consonant sounds, rhyming words, basic sight words, and the basics of reading and writing names independently.


Appletree also aims to:

  • Focus on visual and verbal discrimination of numbers and letters
  • Help arrange thoughts and communicate age appropriate ideas
  • Answer questions with questions to foster critical thinking
  • Playing nice with other classmates and using manners to enhance appropriate social skills
  • Help students correctly use scissors, hold pencils, paint and foster productive work habits
  • Provide free play time to encourage creativity and individuality
  • The list below, although not exhaustive, shows the key abilities and processes Appletree Preschool focuses on for our Prepper 3 class!

Prepper 3 Developmental Milestones

The list below, although not exhaustive, shows the key abilities and processes Appletree Preschool focuses on for our Prepper 3 class!

Cognitive Development

  • Master A-Z visual discrimination
  • Counting and writing 1-20
  • Developing and understanding concepts of greater than or less than in the form of more vs. few
  • Creating and recognizing patterns
  • Recognizing concepts of measurements: length, weight
  • Ability to complete a story
  • Ability to remember an event from the day before 

Physical Development: Large/Gross Motor Skills

  • Walking in a single file line
  • Jumping up and down on two feet
  • Standing/balancing on one foot
  • Tossing a ball underhand and overhand
  • Catching a large ball with extended arms
  • Ability to ride a tricycle
  • Ability to use the bathroom independently 

Physical Development: Small/Fine Motor Skills

  • Developing hand-eye coordination by tracing, drawing shapes, and other manipulatives
  • Ability to build towers with blocks
  • Ability to open container, zip-lock bag, or lunch box
  • Holding a pencil with thumb and fingers on opposite sides of the pencil
  • Using non-dominant hand to assist and stabilize objects
  • Threading a sequence of small beads onto string
  • Cutting roughly around small pictures
  • Completing 4-10 piece puzzles
  • Ability to dress independently
  • Ability to write first and last name on dotted line
  • Ability to draw a person figure
  • Ability to screw and unscrew a cap

Communication and Language Development

  • Understanding and implementing positional words by learning concept of time: before, after
  • Phonics skills including letter to sound recognition
  • Demonstrating phonemic awareness by noticing rhyme and smaller units of sound
  • Ability to answer questions about “why” something has happened
  • Beginning to use more complex sentences that include words like ‘because’, ‘so’, ‘if’ and ‘when’
  • Ability to share ideas, toys, and personal items in front of peers (show & tell)
  • Understanding longer sentences with two or more ideas or directions
  • Speaking in longer and clearer sentences and may know up to or greater than 900 words

Creative Development

  • Assigning roles or takes assigned roles in pretend play
  • Taking on characteristics and actions of role-play
  • Pretending to use imaginary objects (i.e. food, babies)
  • Dramatic storytelling
  • Acting out stories