Three-year olds

Heritage United Methodist Preschool

Three-year-olds are active participants in the world around them. Heritage United Methodist preschool facilitates that participation by helping your 3-year-old demonstrate increasing independence and confidence, take responsibility for the classroom environment, and begin to solve problems creatively. Three-year-olds at HUM preschool are also supported in their spiritual growth as they learn to develop a relationship with God.

Heritage United Methodist Preschool is exceptional! From the moment I first walked in their doors I felt appreciated and was treated with the utmost of respect. The children are well cared for and sincerely loved. The teachers are nurturing and make all students feel special. It helps me as a working mom to see how happy my daughter is when it’s time to go to school. She has blossomed socially, academically and spiritually. My family is so grateful for this wonderful preschool!

Whitney Puckette

Girl Sliding


Tuesday & Thursday $150 per month


Tuesday & Thursday $150 per month


Tuesday & Thursday $150 per month


Teacher: Debbie Arthur

Teacher: Debbie Arthur

Assistant Teacher: Heather Hartsook

Teacher: Susan Comerford

Teacher: Susan Comerford

Assistant Teacher: Deanna Aultice

Teacher: Kim Held

Teacher: Kim Held

Assistant Teacher: Dana Rieley

Standards of Rigor

The Standards of Learning (SOLs) for 3-year-olds at Heritage United Methodist preschool include guidelines for socio-emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development.

Socio-Emotional Development

To experience a sense of self-esteem:

  • Identify oneself as a member of a specific family
  • Identify oneself as a member of a classroom family
  • Demonstrate confidence in one’s growing abilities
  • Demonstrate increasing independence
  • Demonstrate pride in accomplishments

To exhibit a positive attitude toward life:

  • Demonstrate trust in teachers
  • Be able to separate from parents
  • Demonstrate interest in classroom activities
  • Transition through the year into participation in classroom activities
  • Participate in routine activities easily

To demonstrate cooperative, pro-social behavior:

  • Seek out other children and teachers
  • Understand and respect differences
  • Begin to accept responsibility for maintaining the classroom environment
  • Help others in need
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Respect the “space” of others
  • Share toys and materials
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Begin to resolve conflicts constructively
Cognitive Development

To acquire learning and problem-solving skills:

  • Begin to demonstrate an interest in exploring
  • Begin to ask and respond to questions
  • Show curiosity and a desire to learn
  • Observe and make discoveries
  • Look for solutions to problems
  • Begin to use creativity and imagination

To expand logical thinking skills:

  • Sort objects by similarities and differences
  • Put together objects that belong together
  • Arrange objects in a series (smallest to largest)
  • Begin to recognize patterns

To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of my world:

  • Identify names of objects and events
  • Begin to make comparisons (more/less, larger/smaller, taller/shorter, opposites)
  • Use words to describe the characteristics of objects (colors, shapes, sizes)
  • Identify the roles people play in society (community helpers)
  • Begin to count in correct sequence (1 through 10)

To demonstrate skills in make-believe play:

  • Assume a pretend role
  • Make believe with objects
  • Make believe about situations (going to McDonald’s, going to the doctor)
  • Interact with other children

To expand verbal communication skills:

  • Recall words in a song or finger play
  • Follow simple directions
  • Use words to explain feelings
  • Talk with other children during daily activities
  • Make up simple stories
  • Begin to participate in group discussions
  • Talk in front of classroom friends

To explore own creativity in a variety of ways:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Construction
  • Play

To develop beginning reading skills:

  • Acquire a love of books
  • Listen to a story and explain what happened
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to use books (turning pages, cover, title, author)
  • Recognize pictures and text on a page
  • Begin to recognize uppercase letters
  • Recognize own written name

To acquire beginning writing skills:

  • Make increasingly representational drawings
  • Begin to imitate recognizable letters and numbers
  • Begin to make “letter like” symbols on paper
  • Demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose (making signs, sending letters)
Physical Development

To enhance gross motor skills:

  • Run with increasing control over direction and speed
  • Use large muscles for balance
  • Catch a ball
  • Throw an object in the intended direction
  • Climb up or down small equipment without falling
  • Pedal and steer a big wheel

To enhance and refine fine motor skills:

  • Coordinate eye and hand movements (completing puzzles, working with manipulatives)
  • Use small muscles to complete tasks (building, stringing, working with play dough)
  • Use small muscles for self-help skills (opening snacks, buttoning)
  • Use drawing tools with increasing control and intention

To use all senses in learning:

  • Demonstrate skill in discriminating sounds
  • Demonstrate visual discrimination skills
  • Discriminate by taste and smell
  • Discriminate differences in texture
Spiritual Development

To develop an understanding of God and Jesus:

  • They made me
  • They love me
  • They care about my every need
  • They are always with me
  • They have a plan for my life

To develop a relationship with God and Jesus:

  • They want to be my best friends
  • They want me to talk with Them in prayer
  • They want to be a part of my everyday life

To respond in obedience to God:

  • Love others
  • Share with others
  • Use kind words
  • Help others
  • Obey my parents
Heritage United Methodist Preschool

Heritage United Methodist Preschool