Our Preschool Philosophy

Shepherd of the Hills is a warm and nurturing environment, which provides an enriching home for each and every child.  It is our hope that every child will feel safe and happy here and learn that school is an exciting and comfortable place. We try to make every happening of the day a positive learning experience.

 Our program will provide your child with many experiences using good books, fun music, and a variety of creative materials.  Your child will be introduced to new songs, play instruments, prepare, cook, and taste new foods.  Outdoors, your child will learn to use carpentry tools, care for animals, and plant in our garden.  We have special visitors at our school and special days to expand your child’s store of knowledge.

 Children at Shepherd of the Hills Preschool will also learn to refine their understanding of others and respect their feelings.  The children’s thoughts and ideas are shared and respected by caring, trained, and educated staff.  Our goals are to meet each child’s individual needs, giving each child feelings of positive self-worth, fostering curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

 Play is a child’s work.  Through play, children can learn to deal with everyday situations and learn how to deal with the world around them.  Because we have established  an age-appropriate atmosphere that encourages hands-on experiences, we are allowing the children to discover things about themselves and their environment.  It is through these discoveries that children can begin to see themselves as  unique and very important individuals.  

 Our program considers all aspects of child development; physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth.  Children learn through doing, which makes each experience concrete and real.  Each classroom has many centers including blocks, dramatic play, books, manipulative toys, creative arts, puppets, and science.  Outside, additional art is offered along with dramatic play, carpentry, play dough, bikes, swings, climber, animal barn area, garden, and a large grass area for large motor games.

 Our curriculum is based on a two-year rotation with varying themes.  Each month we introduce concepts in color and shape recognition, spatial relations, language development, music and gross motor movement.  These are guidelines for each class, however, spontaneity and individual interests are always considered. 


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26001 Muirlands Blvd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691





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Shepherd of the Hills
United Methodist Preschool

Mission Viejo:
26001 Muirlands Blvd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Rancho Santa Margarita:
30605 Avenida de Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children