For Children Ages 3 and 4
From hugs and prayers in the morning to fun-filled learning for the rest of the day, Pre-Kindergarten students at The Highlands School thrive in a rich, warm, loving environment.
Because we recognize that each child is a gift from God, we strive to instill virtues, academic and character formation in a developmentally appropriate way to provide a strong foundation for Christian leadership skills to grow. Our Pre-K program has high academic standards but is flexible to meet the needs of each child at his or her developmental stage. We also incorporate adapted Montessori instruction to teach practical life skills such as pouring, washing, cleaning, and polishing. The curriculum also seeks to develop their fine motor skills to enhance the manual dexterity necessary for activities such as cutting and writing.
Catholic Formation - attributes of God, love of Jesus, Old and New Testament Bible stories, and liturgical events/holidays;
Language Arts – letter recognition/phonics, beginning reading skills, speaking/listening skills, handwriting, and sentence structure;
Math – number recognition/concepts, shapes, counting concepts, beginning addition/subtraction, fractions, time, money, and calendar concepts;
Science – space, earth science/plants, water, life science/animals, and concepts of the scientific process;
Social Studies – historical figures, patriotic themes, and geography.
We also offer physical education, music, show-and-tell and library visits. Students engage in arts and crafts, dramatic play and hands-on learning. Pre-K4 students participate in public speaking events such as All Saint's Day and our nativity program during the advent season. We teach students the importance of giving by collecting socks, scarves, and coats as an apostolic project. Students attend Mass once a week.
Our class size allows us to give personal attention to each child. By working in small groups, our teachers are able to teach to many different levels; thus, ensuring that all students’ academic needs are being met. All of our Pre-K teachers hold college degrees, and our Pre-K teachers possess more than 30 years of combined teaching experience.
In this distinctive learning environment at The Highlands School, students know they are safe and loved, and thus feel secure enough to begin--even at age 3--to explore and gain self-confidence in their God-given talents. It is the perfect entry point to prepare for the rigorous academic life that leads to a successful Highlands graduate.