Room 16 Snapshot


Room 16 is a joyful, busy group of 16 three year olds and 3 teachers. It’s often messy, active, loud and full of hugs and smiles. Teachers facilitate explorations, activities and projects that inspire and motivate children to want to learn and experiment.

  • Tables host painting, drawing, puzzles, dollhouses, cutting and gluing
  • The big rug has building blocks, people, animals, cars and trains
  • The imagination area hosts play that 3-year-olds create: a veterinary office, a restaurant, a nursery full of babies, or an office full of people on the phones!
  • There’s a quiet area for books or looking out the window and of course, teacher laps and chairs for one-on-one time.

The routine of the day allows for busy and quiet times, snacks, lunch, rest/nap, and outside time in the morning and afternoon. We have music, book time, dancing, and lots of bathrooming!

At the end of the day, children are happy, tired, usually hungry and ready for that family love!

Developmental Milestones From: Women’s and Children’s Health Network  and New York Times Parenting

What is important is not how your child compares with others or with a standard for her age, but that she is moving forward at her own pace and that she is well and happy.

Social and emotional development in 3-year-olds
Children begin to:

  • Be able to play cooperatively with other children in small groups.
  • Learn about sharing
  • Separate from adults more easily in familiar surroundings
  • Become more independent and need less help from parents
  • Show caring for other children who are distressed
  • Be involved in imaginary play from their own imaginations.

Motor development in 3-year oldsChildren begin to:

  • Figure out how things fit and work together. Problem solving skills and fine motor skills are improving.
  • Climb ladders and walk up and down stairs alternating feet
  • Stand, walk and run more smoothly
  • Show improving skills in catching large balls.
  • Eat with utensils

Daily activities in Room 16
Children begin to:

  • Feed themselves; take bites, chew, swallow and not stuff their mouths.
  • Take their outside clothes on and off and hang them in the cubby. They will still need help with the buttons and zippers but can manage more and more by themselves.
  • Be reliable with toileting; they may still have ‘accidents’ when stressed, tired or if they ‘forget’ to go to the toilet.
  • Enjoy helping at home with daily activities: setting the table, moving laundry, cleaning up, taking care of pets.

Speech and language in Room 16
Children begin to:

  • Get better at expressing themselves; they may know about 250-300 words and speak in sentences of 5-6 words.
  • Have a conversation of 2-4 exchanges with another person
  • Be clear enough for most people to understand most of what they say.
  • Enjoy listening to stories; sing songs and dance
  • Answer simple questions about the word around them
  • Ask lots of questions about the world around them
  • Have a sense of humor and enjoy funny things.

How you can help

  • Model healthy social interactions: show your manners, take turns, be kind to others, be respectful.
  • Set up playdates and encourage healthy social interactions.
  • Allow them plenty of opportunities to flex their language skills by having conversations about their day or books you read together.
  • Shop, prep and cook together; start a happy relationship with meals and foods that will help your child love to learn to eat well.