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A Child Learns by Doing
Our philosophy of education centers around play. Play is the most complete educational process of the mind. This allows the development of the "whole" child intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically and facilitates the natural unfolding of each child's potential. In return, the child experiences a growing sense of self-worth and a personal joy in learning.

Young children learn in a different manner than do older children. Young children learn by actual contact with real objects, events, and people. (That's why field trips, outdoor play, and other exciting activities are so important.) Young children learn by involving themselves in exploring, discovering, repeating, and by continually adapting what they see into their daily lives.

Young children are not yet prepared to learn by words alone. They do not learn by explanations or descriptions of things that are far off in time or space. Just because young children can repeat words easily, does not necessarily mean they understand and grasp the meaning behind the words. It is only through varied, first-person real life experience that words are filled with meaning for the young child.

Preschool is a time to begin learning independence, while developing trust and respect for others. An important part of this program is social adjustment, sharing and cooperating with others. Our goal is for them to "want" to come to school by stressing that "learning is fun." There are many skill levels and unit topics covered during a school year, and we try to make all of it fun and interesting. Included in these units are numerous projects and many forms of art for enhancement. Most important of all is the child learning to see himself/herself as an individual who is unique with qualities unlike any other.

Fun Things We Do

Field Trips
We take exciting field trips each year to destinations such as the Pumpkin Patch/Farm and StoryBook Theater.

Parties
We have a number of special celebrations throughout the school year during normal classroom hours, such as: Halloween Party Winter Holiday Party Valentines Party Spring Fling Party

Spirit Days
The kids have a wonderful time dressing up on Spirit Days such as "Pajama Day," "Crazy Hair & Hat Day," or "Pirates and Princesses Day!"

Special Events
Each year, some very special educational and entertaining guests visit us at Highlands Preschool. These may include visits from the local librarian, Police Officers and Fire Fighters, and great shows from performers such as Caspar Babypants or Nancy "Music" Stewart.

Early Threes Curriculum (Preschool 3)

A. Activities
This is usually the first school experience for the Early Threes. It is a time for the child to develop independence, to learn and expand social skills, and build a sense of himself/herself as a problem-solving and reasoning individual. Our program includes story time, a daily art project, movement to music, and group activities which will allow the child to develop a curiosity for life and a way to express his or her individuality.

B. Skill Areas Covered
   1. Motor Skills
     a. Large motor movement
       (1) Running
       (2) Jumping
       (3) Climbing
       (4) Learning movement to music
     b. Small motor movement
       (1) Crayons, markers
       (2) Paints
       (3) Glue
       (4) Manipulative games
       (5) Puzzles
       (6) Learning finger plays
       (7) Building with blocks

   2. Language Development
     a. Circle time
     b. Singing songs
     c. Reciting finger plays
     d. Reading stories
     e. Feeling comfortable expressing ideas
     f. Question of the week
     g. Recognizing name

   3. Social Skills
     a. Learning to share & play well with others
     b. Learning personal space and boundaries
     c. Learning to respect the property of others
     d. Learning to respect the feelings of others
     e. Manners

   4. Math Development
     a. Counting numbers 1 through 10
     b. Introducing shapes and colors
     c. Color mixing

C. Unit Topics
   1. Colors
   2. Shapes
   3. Dinosaurs
   4. Space
   5. Animals
   6. Insects
   7. Sea life
   8. Plants
   9. Holidays
   10. Seasons
   11. Nursery Rhymes
   12. Fairy Tales
   13. "Pete" the cat
   14. Authors: Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle
   15. Jungle, Zoo

Three Year Old Curriculum (Preschool 2)

A. Activities
The three year old needs to build a sense of themselves as a problem-solving, reasoning individual, while developing trust and independence. This is accomplished through many play experiences. Play is a key mode to development. This program includes daily art projects, skill builders, circle time and group activities, allowing the child to gain a greater awareness of his/her individuality.

B. Skill Areas Covered
   1. Motor
     a. Large motor movement
       (1) Running
       (2) Jumping
       (3) Climbing
       (4) Learning movement to music

     b. Small motor movement
       (1) Crayons, markers
       (2) Paints
       (3) Glue
       (4) Manipulative games
       (5) Puzzles
       (6) Learning finger plays
       (7) Building with blocks

   2. Language Development
     a. Singing songs
     b. Reciting finger plays
     c. Speaking in complete sentences
     d. Feeling comfortable expressing ideas
     e. Introducing letters and sounds
     f. Question of the week
     g. Days of the week
     h. Months of the year
     i. Recognizing name
     j. Recognizing opposites
     k. Recognizing shapes and colors

   3. Science
     a. Day and night
     b. Recycling
     c. Weather

   4. Social Skills
     a. Learning to share and play well with others
     b. Learning to respect the property of others
     c. Learning to respect the feelings of others
     d. Manners
     e. Listening and following directions

   5. Math Development
     a. Counting numbers 1 through 30
     b. Sequencing
     c. Graphing
     d. Patterning
     e. Same/different

C. Unit Topics
   1. Colors
   2. Shapes
   3. Dinosaurs
   4. Space
   5. Animals
   6. Insects
   7. Sea Life
   8. Plants
   9. Holidays
   10. Seasons
   11. Nursery Rhymes
   12. Fairy Tales
   13. "Pete" the cat
   14. Authors: Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle
   15. Jungle, Zoo

Four Year Old Curriculum (Preschool 1)

A. Activities
The four year old program will help your child gain the skills and personal readiness necessary for Kindergarten. This program includes daily art projects, skill builders, circle time and group activities, allowing the child to gain a greater awareness of his/her individuality. Letters and their relation to sound will be introduced. We will emphasize understanding of number concepts as opposed to learning to count by memorization. Your child will create his/her own art work and will be proud of his/her own creation. Good development of fine and gross motor skills must occur before your child is ready for prolonged "seat work."

B. Skill Areas Covered
   1. Motor Skills
     a. Large motor movement
       (1) Jumping, running
       (2) Rolling and throwing a ball
       (3) Distinguishing right and left hands
       (4) Rhythmic movement to music and clapping

     b. Small motor movement
       (1) Control with crayons, markers, paint
       (2) Using paste and glue
       (3) Doing finger plays
       (4) Writing first name
       (5) Scissors

   2. Language Development
     a. Expressing ideas
     b. Speaking clearly
     c. Speaking in complete sentences
     d. Singing and reciting songs and finger plays
     e. Speaking in front of peers
     f. Waiting for their turn to talk in a group

   3. Reading and Math
     a. Introduce upper and lower case letters and their sounds
     b. Left and right
     c. Top and bottom
     d. Classify objects
     e. Dictate stories
     f. Days of the week
     g. Months of the year
     h. Patterning
     i. Sequencing
     j. Estimating
     k. Identifying basic shapes
     l. Beginning number concepts
     m. Counting

   4. Science
     a. The five senses
     b. Nutrition
     c. Weather
     d. Animals
     e. Seasons

   5. Social Studies
     a. Myself, my friends, my school
     b. Community helpers
     c. Transportation

   6. Art
     a. Basic colors
     b. Color blending (ex., Yellow+Blue=Green)
     c. Crafts
     d. Painting with various medium

   7. Music
     a. Singing and moving to music
     b. Following directions from songs
     c. Rhythmic clapping

   8. Social Skills
     a. Working and playing with others
     b. Self-control
     c. Respecting property of others
     d. Recognizing and accepting responsibility

C. Unit Topics
   1. Frogs & Turtles (amphibians & reptiles)
   2. Space, Stars, Planets
   3. Sea life
   4. Zoo Animals
   5. Farm Animals
   6. Holidays
   7. Seasons
   8. Alphabet
   9. Rhyming
   10. Fairy Tales/Kingdoms
   11. Polar Animals
   12. Dinosaurs

Sample Daily Schedule
Schedules vary by class.

AM ClassesPM ClassesActivity
9:00-9:5011:45-12:35Welcome to class and art project
9:50-10:2012:35-1:05Big Room time
10:20-10:401:05-1:25Snack time
10:40-10:551:25-1:40Circle time
10:55-11:151:40-2:00Outside time
11:15-11:302:00-2:15Story time
11:302:15Dismiss


Program Goals
By the time your child completes their experience at Highlands Preschool, our goal is for them to be ready for kindergarten in a variety of ways. Here are some of the things we are striving for your child to accomplish:

Colors and Shapes
  • Recognizes and names primary colors
  • Recognizes circles
  • Recognizes squares, triangles, rectangles, rhombus, hexagon
  • Matches shapes or objects based on shape
  • Copies shapes

    Numbers
  • Counts orally through 31 (minimum)
  • Counts objects in one-to-one correspondence
  • Understands empty and full
  • Understands more and less

    Reading Readiness
  • Remembers objects from a given picture
  • Knows what a letter is, recognizes letter sounds
  • Has been read to frequently
  • Looks at books
  • Recognizes some nursery rhymes
  • Identifies parts of the body
  • Knows common farm and zoo animals
  • Pronounces own first name
  • Expresses self verbally
  • Identifies other children by name
  • Tells the meaning of simple words
  • Repeats a sentence of 6-8 words
  • Has own books
  • Understands that print carries a message
  • Pretends to read
  • Uses left-to-right progression
  • Answers questions about a short story
  • Tells the meaning of words heard in story
  • Looks at pictures and tells a story
  • Recognizes and prints own first name

    Position and Direction
  • Understands up and down
  • Understands in and out
  • Understands front and back
  • Understands over (on) and under
  • Understands top, bottom, middle
  • Understands beside and next to
  • Understands hot and cold
  • Understands fast and slow

    Listening and Sequencing
  • Follows simple directions
  • Listens to a short story
  • Listens carefully
  • Recognizes common sounds
  • Repeats a sequence of sounds
  • Repeats a sequence of orally given numbers
  • Retells simple stories in sequence

    Motor Skills
  • Is able to run
  • Is able to walk a straight line
  • Is able to jump and hop
  • Is able to alternate feet walking down stairs
  • Is able to stand on one foot for 5-10 seconds
  • Is able to walk backwards for five feet
  • Is able to throw a ball
  • Pastes objects
  • Claps hands
  • Matches simple objects
  • Touches fingers
  • Builds with blocks
  • Completes simple puzzles
  • Draws and colors beyond a simple scribble
  • Able to zip a zipper and button a button
  • Controls pencil and crayon well
  • Cuts simple shapes
  • Handles scissors well
  • Able to copy simple shapes

    Social-Emotional Development
  • Can be away from parents or primary care givers for 2.5-5 hours without being upset
  • Feels good about self
  • Is not afraid to go to school
  • Cares for own belongings
  • Maintains self-control
  • Gets along well with other children
  • Plays with other children
  • Recognizes authority
  • Shares with others
  • Talks easily
  • Puts away toys
  • Able to stay on task
  • Able to work independently