Our Busy Bees Threes Classroom is designed for children 2 years old by September 1st and who will turn 3 years old by August 31 of the following year.

The student to teacher ratio does not exceed 10 children to 2 teachers.

This age is full of developmental milestones that will shape the future success of your child. There is minimum parallel play as children form bonds with classmates. They engage more socially through interactive play with others. Three-year-olds demonstrate verbal independence and begin to speak in complete sentences. They ask “Why?” and are extremely curious. They often gain confidence when they independently complete simple tasks such as putting on jackets and opening lunch containers.

A visitor walking by this classroom might see the children cutting out of magazines or deeply rooted in a cooking project. Hands-on-learning is crucial at this stage of development and is evident in the classroom. Teachers provide more elaborate art activities. The final project reflects how the art has become child-lead. Teachers provide activities focused on sequencing to help students begin to organize their thoughts to establish pre-Math skills. With letter and number songs and games teachers help students begin to count and learn the alphabet. As the children’s attention span broadens, they participate in circle time with a concentration on shapes, colors, weather, and the calendar.

Based on each child’s readiness and in cooperation with parents, teachers will help with potty training. Teachers provide verbal praise when a child uses the toilet, and when accidents occur the child is given extra encouragement, not scorn. Your child’s success with potty training is a huge developmental milestone that expands their self-esteem. Our teachers approach this seriously.

Threes teachers serve their students with guidance and encouragement. They celebrate each developmental achievement obtained during this year of development.

Ms. Bonny

Lead Teacher (M&W), Threes

Team Member Since August 2016

Ms. Bonny joined our staff in the summer of 2016! She was born in Amarillo, but spent most of her early years in Wichita Falls. She has about 15 years experience in childcare and enjoys the youngest of God’s creation and all of the developmental changes that happen each school year. Bonny is the proud mom of a college aged son named Jacob who she describes as “awesome.” If money and time were not a factor, she would enjoy a day spent outside and maybe the opportunity to try something new like scuba diving off some fabulous beach somewhere!

Ms. Jennifer

Lead Teacher (T&TH), Threes

Team Member Since October 2004

Ms. Jennifer is a native Austin-nite , earning a teaching degree from Concordia University, with an early childhood emphasis and specializations in grades 1-6 and special education. She has also taught and directed at both the preschool and elementary school level.

As a long time member of the CDO team, we value her amazing patience and love for the littles!

Ms. Jennifer is widowed and has one adult daughter and two adult sons.

Ms. Alma

Asst. Teacher (M-TH), Threes

Team Member Since August 2023

Ms. Alma has lots of childcare experience after working with both Childcare Careers as a sub for licensed childcare centers across the city of Austin and also a private daycare where she wore many hats, including cook, substitute teacher, classroom assistant teacher, and also “child whisperer” when children were having a tough time in the classroom and needed a break from the classroom environment. Ms. Alma loves children and has four sons age 15, 11, 4, and 3. In her limited spare time, she loves art. When asked what she would do if she won the lottery, Ms. Alma said she would be the happiest person ever and use the money wisely and responsibly to benefit her family by buying a new house and new car! Ms. Alma has been a great addition to our four day team and we are glad she spends part of her days with us!

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