Highlands Christian Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located in Calistoga, CA since our founding in 1988.
Ages 2-6 years
½ day programs for 2, 3, or 5 days per week
Extended Learning Program 12:00 – 2:30
Using a series of themes, the curriculum, “ABC Bible”, teaches the following skills over a 2 year period: alphabet (as letters and sound symbols – phonics), numbers, shapes, colors, hygiene, safety, health related topics, earth science, and cognitive skills. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on character development, family and ethnic traditions. HCP also addresses social norms and courtesies such as: listening, following directions, helping others, and bringing work to completion. Students are encouraged to be patient, share, be polite, be responsible, and obey authority.
Bible stories are taught in order to make God known simply and clearly, in a way that children can understand. Children are offered the security of God’s love through Jesus Christ. The curriculum also uses songs, action rhymes, art activities, hands-on learning centers and take home papers to be shared with parents.
The core of character development at HCP is “The Virtue Tree” which integrates morality and virtues throughout the day and across the curriculum. This program, created and refined at Highlands, focuses on character development through monthly themes reinforced by role modeling, songs and books that emphasis a particular virtue, discussion, role-play, and recognition. Representative of the virtues covered are: compassion, caring, consideration, cooperation, courtesy, diligence, friendliness, generosity, gentleness, helpfulness, joyfulness, kindness, patience, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-control, thankfulness, and trustworthiness. Reports by parents and elementary school teachers in the Calistoga District show that outstanding citizens at home and at school grow out of HCP’s emphasis on character development.
In addition to the curricula, students have the opportunity to explore areas of interest through “self select activities” scheduled throughout the day. These activities include: expressive art projects, puzzles, games, outdoor activities, and a variety of educational and imaginative toys.
An optional “extended learning” program runs from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and includes additional “self select activities”, book reading, and theme related “learning centers”. “Learning center” topics include: Language Arts and Socialization, Mathematics and Order, Science and Curiosity, Cooking, Music, Spanish, and Group Projects.
HCP provides a non-competitive environment where each child progresses at his or her own rate. A formal Developmental Skills Evaluation is performed each fall and spring for three and four year olds. The evaluation provides a “bench mark” for each student in the following areas: physical development (large and small motor and activity level), social development (peer interaction, adult relationships, classroom behavior), language development (expressive, receptive), and cognitive development (identification, perception and sequencing, comparison, spatial relations, etc.) From the Developmental Skills Evaluation, an initial assessment is made for each child. Specific goals are set based on individual personality and learning style. All children use the same curriculum but the goals and objectives to be achieved by each are tailored to the individual based on the Developmental Skills Evaluation, interviews with students and their parents, daily conduct, and work samples collected through out the year. The goals are reviewed and revised periodically throughout the school year.