Buttons and Bows Preschool Learning & Playing Together

2's | 3's | 4's Programs


Goals of the Two-Year-Old Program
One of our main goals is to create a positive first experience for the children in a school setting. Since this is often a child’s first classroom experience without a parent, we strive to make the transition an easy one. Our teachers create a warm and friendly environment in the classroom. We have a third teacher in each of the two-year-old classes for the first couple of months to help with any tentative children.

Throughout the school year the following goals are priorities as we work with the children.

  • Social interaction with other children
  • Independent and creative play
  • Sitting and listening to a story in a group
  • Following simple directions
  • Experience with a wide variety of art and music media
  • Sharing
  • Enhanced verbal communication

Two-Year-Old Class Offerings
Mon, 8:45 - 11:00Wed, 8:45 - 11:00Fri, 8:45 - 11:00

Daily Classroom Routine
The children wash their hands upon being greeted by the teacher and entering the classroom. They are then free to play in the classroom. While they are playing the teachers will be calling them over a couple at a time to do both an art project and a painting at the easel. After everyone has had a turn to do the projects it will be time to clean up. The children all help in putting the toys away and then sit on the rug to hear a story. This is also music time. After rug time the children have a little snack at the tables. When they are finished with their snack they meet back on the rug to look at books.


General Two-Year-Old Guidelines
  • The two's do not need to be potty trained. We ask that you send a diaper, wipes, and a change of clothes in their backpack in case we need to change your child.
  • Along with the teachers in the classroom we always have one parent helper. You will be asked to help out about twice during the year. One of these days will also coincide around your child’s birthday.
  • You are asked to bring snack for the class on the days that you are the parent helper. We are a peanut free school.
  • There are 16 children in the class.
  • Teacher conferences are held once during the year, but the teacher is available at any time you have concerns.
  • We have a Parent’s Night before the school year begins to give you an opportunity to meet with the teachers and ask any questions.
  • Children must be two by May 31 of the year they plan to enter the two-year-old class.


Goals of the Three-Year-Old Program
Our program aims to encourage independence among our three-year-olds and to prepare them for the pre-kindergarten class to follow. The format of the day allows the children to freely explore, be creative, navigate independently and to socialize with other children in a positive manner. Our goal is to create a loving atmosphere and to make the children’s first experience with school a positive one. This will instill a "love for school" for all of the children.

Social Skills

  • We encourage kindness through sharing and taking turns with others.
  • There is a focus on teaching the children to follow directions - single and multi-step directions.
  • By providing an understanding, warm and friendly environment, we help ease separation anxieties.
  • Independence is encouraged for toilet habits, drinking juice out of cups and for cleaning up after oneself.
  • There is an appropriate amount of rug time which encourages the children to sit quietly, respectfully and to raise their hands before speaking.
  • Fine Motor Skills are enhanced through a variety of play activities and numerous crafts.
  • Independence is encouraged as the children have free time to navigate and select activities/toys that he or she is interested in.

Cognitive Thinking Goals

  • Identifying colors, shapes and letters
  • Counting every day
  • Encourage the children to begin writing own name
  • Identifying own name among many others
  • Following Directions
  • Introduction of the use of scissors

Art and Music

  • One to two art projects are completed by each student every day. All are completed under the direction of a teacher and completed in small groups of 2-3.
  • Fine motor skills are further developed through the use of a wide variety of art media.
  • Music is incorporated into the classroom each day.

Three-Year-Old Class Offerings
There are 2 morning classes and one afternoon class. Tue/Thu, 8:30 -11:00Tue/Thu, 8:30 -11:00Tue/Thu/Fri, 12:15 -2:45

Daily Classroom Routine
Upon being greeted by the teacher at the door, the children wash their hands immediately and then sit on the rug. As we await the remainder of our friends to come to class, the children visit with each other. Once everyone has settled in, we count all of our friends and try to guess if anyone is missing. We then sing our class flag song as the children take turns holding the flag each day. The class then rejoins on the rug for sharing time. The children take turns talking and listening to each other. Everyone gets a turn to speak and to be heard. This is a wonderful part of our day as we learn more about each other each and every day. This is followed up by a brief explanation of what activities are to be completed that day. The children are then free to play in the classroom and select their activities. Teachers call the children over to do the craft project(s) one by one. Once all projects have been completed, a child rings the class bell to indicate that it is time to clean up the room. Everyone helps put toys away and supplies away. We then regroup on the rug for story time. The children are taught to sit with legs folded and hands in their laps as they listen quietly and actively participate in the story. This is then followed by snack time. The children once again wash their hands and then meet at the tables where we all sit down and have snack together. Our day ends back on the rug for music activities or gross motor activities.


Three-Year-Old Guidelines
  • The children must be potty trained. Pull-ups are allowed at the beginning of the year. However, if a child were to have a bowel movement while wearing a pull-up/diaper a call will be made home. Teachers are unable to change diapers in the three-year-old classroom.
  • Parents will be asked to supply snack for 3-4 classes during the year. We are a peanut free school.
  • Teacher conferences will be held twice during the year. Teachers are always available if any questions or concerns arise.
  • We will go on a few local field trips throughout the year. Parents will provide transportation to and from the field trips.
  • We will have visits from firefighters and librarians during the year.
  • A Parent’s Night is held before school begins to talk in more detail about our daily routine and our calendar.
  • Children must be three by September 1 of the year they plan to enter a three-year-old class. This is the same guideline used by Elmhurst District 205.


Goals of the Four-Year-Old Program
We strive to build the self esteem of each child and to instill in them a love of school. As we nurture the children throughout the year we work to prepare them for kindergarten, socially, academically, and emotionally.

Social and Creative Experiences

  • Numerous activities and centers are set up to encourage and stimulate interactive and cooperative play among the children.
  • Rug time provides an opportunity to share ideas and stories with each other.
  • Children are encouraged to speak in front of others and also to become respectful listeners when others are speaking.
  • The children develop decision making skills and learn to become increasingly more self sufficient.

Pre-Reading and Literature Skills

  • The children are read to daily. They also have free time to explore books on their own in the classroom library to help instill a passion for reading.
  • Each week is assigned a “Letter of the Week”. The children learn to visually and phonetically identify each letter.
  • Many of the daily activities and units also revolve around the “Letter of the Week”.
  • The children are taught to write the letters of the alphabet. As the year progresses forming words and sentences often comes naturally.

Art, Music and Fine Motor Skills

  • Daily art projects allow the children to express their creativity as the actual process of the art activity is stressed.
  • Fine motor skills are further developed through drawing, letter formation, and cutting.
  • Children develop a sense of pride as they create countless masterpieces through a wide range of media.
  • The children explore their appreciation of art, music, and movement.

Four-Year-Old Class Offerings
Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:30-11:00Mon/Wed/Fri, 12:15-2:45Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu, 12:15-2:45

Daily Classroom Routine
Upon being greeted by the teacher at the door, the children wash their hands and then sit on the rug. As we wait for all of our friends to arrive the children enjoy this opportunity to visit with their friends. Once everyone has arrived, we spend time talking together. The children learn to raise their hands and talk one at a time. It creates a wonderful bonding time for our class, as the children share stories and experiences with their classmates. The teachers then explain the two art projects the children will be doing that day. After this the children are free to play throughout the room. As they are playing they are called over a few at a time to do the projects. Once everyone has finished their projects we clean up the room and meet on the rug. We then spend time talking about our Letter of the Week, reading a story or two, singing, and playing a group game. This brings us to snack time. After snack the children go back to the rug for book time, where they are free to look at books on their own.


Four-Year-Old Guidelines
  • The children must be potty trained.
  • Parents will be asked to supply snack for a two week period during the year. We are a peanut free school.
  • The children will each get an opportunity to be the Star of the Week. During this time they will get to share many special things about themselves, giving them a chance to shine.
  • Teacher conferences will be held twice during the year. Teachers are always available if any questions or concerns arise.
  • We will go on a few local field trips throughout the year. We will also have many special visitors, such as librarians, dentists, fire fighters…
  • A Parent’s Night will be held before school begins to talk in more detail about our daily routine and our yearly calendar.
  • Children must be four by September 1 of the year they plan to enter a four-year-old class. This is the same guideline used by Elmhurst District 205.