3 Year Olds – Green Frogs

The 3s program consists of two classes each meeting three days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Parents can choose between a Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Friday option.

One parent assists (co-ops) in the classroom daily Monday through Thursday and two parents assist on Friday to maintain an adult-to-child ratio of no less than 1:6.

In the Green Frog classroom, the children work on developing cognitive, social, and self-help skills through their play. This typically happens as they explore water or rice in the sensory table, work with play dough, build with blocks, magnatiles and other manipulatives, climb on the play equipment, ride bikes and cars, play and listen to music, and create and experience art.

A typical day in the Frogs classroom includes:

9:00–9:45 Outside play/gross motor
9:45–10:15 Snack
10:15–10:30 Circle
10:30–11:30 Free play/specials
11:30–12:00 Bikes

Kirstin McPherson

3s Class Lead Teacher

Kirstin has been a part of Valley Drive Preschool since 1997 when her oldest of four children started as a Green Frog and her second was in the Yellow Ducks classroom. All four of her children attended Valley Drive, and Kirstin held a number of board positions at the school.

Kirstin has a B. A. from the University of Washington and a M. A. T. in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. She has taught preschool, 2nd and 3rd grades and subbed through grade 6 in Fairfax County schools. After the preschool day, Kirstin can usually be found walking the dog or attending her children’s sporting events and activities.

Wendy Montes de Oca

3s Class Assistant Teacher

Wendy has been a part of Valley Drive for 6 years, with both her children starting as Yellow Ducks. As a parent, she enjoyed supporting the school as a classroom parent, co-op scheduler, and Procurement chair for the annual Silent Auction. Wendy began teaching full time at Valley Drive in 2016. Wendy holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Media Criticism from New York University and a MSEd in Elementary Education from CUNY Hunter College. Prior to moving to the Washington region Wendy taught 3rd grade in Brooklyn, New York. She volunteers often as a math and reading tutor at her children’s elementary school, and during her free time she enjoys knitting, reading, and baking.

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