Mom, you’ve done an excellent job with your little one.
Under your loving guidance, he has grown from a tiny baby into a curious toddler. Now you’re ready for the next step. You want to choose a school where your child will be encouraged, challenged, and nurtured. You want a Christian environment where he will feel safe, known, and loved. Welcome to Highlander School’s Pre-K II.
The first step in our two-year countdown to Kindergarten, Highlander’s Pre-K II class lays the very first “bricks” in the Carden curriculum’s foundation for an advanced education. Through developmental activities, free play, story time, and thoughtful conversations, our youngest students are introduced to the beauty of the world around them and are eager to learn more.
We memorize and recite classic nursery rhymes, building vocabulary, paving the way for sentence analysis, and improving memory. We read and illustrate Bible thoughts (verses), discussing the individual ways our Lord is present in our lives. We explore the world of colors, numbers, letters, and shapes.
Fine-motor skills are paramount to handwriting, and we spend ample time strengthening pincers (the index finger and thumb). Through stringing beads, working with Play-Doh, cutting, removing rubber bands from plastic animals, using clothespins to retrieve treasures, and more, our students are continually building those very important muscles. We use perception papers to instruct our students how to move from left to right across a page.
Equally important are our gross motor skills. Highlander Pre-K II students run, jump, and play every single day. They improve their balance by walking on a walking board and learn manners and socialization under the watchful eye of loving teachers. We believe it is just as important to learn these life skills as it is to excel academically. We make it a priority to equip our students with both.
Our Pre-K II students make gingerbread men and cranberry bread, orange juice, lemonade, and purple popsicles. They sing in music, listen to stories in the library, and begin learning French. In art, they sculpt like Michelangelo, paint like Da Vinci, and do self-portraits like Rembrandt. They grow plants, taste fruits and vegetables, and conduct science experiments. Most importantly, they don’t even realize they’re learning … they are just having fun.
- Pledge and prayer
- Manners and behavior
- Nursery rhyme memorization/recitation
- Reading comprehension and discussion
- Handwriting readiness
- Body awareness
- Hands-on math with Cuisenaire rods and shape sorting
- Art appreciation (da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Botticelli, and more)
- Self-expression through art
- Bible concepts
- Outdoor exploration