3-4-Yr: Grasshopper, Little Bear, Dragonfly Classes

Our Grasshoppers, Little Bears, and Dragonflies

learn through play with art, nature, music, and more!

Grasshopper, Little Bear and Dragonfly Classes enroll children who are 2.75-4.5 years old. 

These three classes are mixed aged groups. This means your child will be learning and growing alongside classmates with a variety of skill levels. Mixed age groups are a more natural learning environment, mimicking that of families and neighborhoods. The variety of skill levels help stimulate everyone’s growth-older children have a chance to be leaders, social and language skills increase, self esteem can be boosted, and children may challenge themselves to take (safe) risks they might not otherwise.

Consistency of Care:

When children start in one of these classes, they are with the same teachers for two years.  We call this consistency of care. The children are not introduced to new teachers the following year and the teachers know the children in their group very well.  

Often in early childhood programs, it takes 6 weeks for everyone to get to know each other and settle in to a routine. When a child is enrolled in a class with a consistency of care program, that settling in time disappears and the work and play of the classroom doesn’t skip a beat.   


From Our Teachers:

“I am so grateful to work at a school that allows me the freedom to create an environment and curriculum customize to each child’s developmental, physical and social needs.”

-Grasshopper Teacher

“My ultimate goal as an early childhood educator is to help create kind and caring people. I feel I’ve done my job when one student cares for someone who’s hurt, or helps a struggling peer problem solve.”

-Little Bear Teacher

“Having the same group of children for 2 years really allows us to get to know the children and families well. The classes form meaningful relationships and our learning is so much deeper!”

-Dragonfly Teacher

To tour our Grasshopper, Little Bear, or Dragonfly Class to see if it is the right fit for your little one, please email Janet at janet@shirhadash.org today. We welcome you to schedule your visit and learn more about our engaging program!