Guiding Young Lives to Christ to be Transformed into His Image!
Thank you for your interest in Vista Christian Preschool where we give your child the best in Christian Montessori Education! We are committed to serving families both in and out of the classroom by providing a biblically based learning environment that instills a foundation of respect for each Child’s unique and individual development and needs. We provide a loving learning experience that prepares a child for a love of Christ, a love for each other and lifelong love of learning! We believe God has called us to bless each child with the opportunity to “Discover Him, Discover who He made us to be and to help each child Discover their identity in Him.” We integrate everything we believe into all we do and what we teach.
Once again we would like to thank you for your interest in VCPS. We invite you to call us at (760)724-7096 to set up a tour. We give tours in the morning and it takes about 30 minutes at which time we will give you an enrollment packet. Your child will be enrolled once the enrollment packet is completed and returned with the Physician’s report, copy of Immunization record, $50 application fee and $125 material fee. The Director will contact you to discuss your child’s start date. We believe that every enrollment is a Divine appointment from God and that just excites us!
What to bring to school?
- Each child will need to bring an extra set of clothes that remains in their cubby in case of accidents.
- Wear closed-toe shoes at all times. Sneakers are best for our playground.
- Girls need to wear shorts under dresses.
- Apply sunscreen to your child prior to school if needed. Hats are also allowed.
In addition, Full-day children bring:
- Lunch box with no candy or drinks. We provide bottled water.
- Small blanket for nap
- Standard crib sheet to cover napping mat.
- Label ALL belongings with your child’s name.
We welcome you to our Preschool family and we look forward to getting to know each of you!
“Our family has been blessed beyond measure by the opportunity to have our daughter attend Vista Christian Preschool. From the moment we stepped foot on campus two years ago, the presence of God enveloped us. The combination of Montessori and spiritual education drew us to the school yet the commitment to each child’s educational and spiritual growth provided the “home” away from home for our daughter. This is not a school where teachers simply teach about God’s plan or His mercy, each and every individual embodies a Christ-like attitude! There is nothing more comforting for a parent when leaving one’s child in another’s care than knowing prayer and love will be applied in every situation. (We all know how precocious preschoolers can be sometimes! We are pleased to know the connections and relationships we and our daughter have made with the staff of Vista Christian Preschool will only be a few steps away as we transition next door to Vista Christian School for kindergarten.”
“We want to thank you for a wonderful preschool experience at VCPS! We are so appreciative of the academic excellence and spiritual development of your program.The quality of your staff is amazing. Your teachers demonstrate a loving, nurturing and Christian attitude toward all students and parents. I have witnessed your staff praying with parents as they share their burdens. What a tremendous witness of Christ’s love! My son sings praise choruses and recites memory verses as he plays around our house. What a light this has been in our home!
In His love,
“Thank you for blessing our family with such a loving experience here at Vista Christian Preschool!”
“We have appreciated your leadership and love at Vista Christian Preschool! You and your staff have faithfully and wonderfully carried out Christ’s command of bringing little children to Him! We are so thankful that our children have been among the blessed ones at your school. Thank you for your ministry, heart, care and love for our little ones.”
“I can not say enough about Vista Christian Preschool. The Montessori style of teaching is amazing. It was a blessing that both my daughters have been able to attend the school. I watched both Abigail and Kate mature and gain knowledge daily. The teachers at this school have become like part of our family and I feel like they care about my children as much as I do. When Abby started school she was so shy and had a hard time leaving my side, but within days she was happy and loved her teachers. Abby has a visual impairment and your school did everything they could possibly do to accommodate her as well as working closely with her vision teacher. Abby entered Kindergarten way ahead of her class and I believe that because of your school she has become the smart confident 2nd grader she is today. Kate has matured in to a competent little girl. She is the most amazing “prayer warrior” I know. She is loving and concerned about everyone, and I know this comes from working so closely with your staff she has learned by example. Kate will graduate from Vista Christian Preschool in June and our family will miss you all dearly. You have been such a big part of our lives with the knowledge and support you have provided for our family. I am so happy we found your “family” and would recommend Vista Christian Preschool to anyone. Thank you so much for all you have done with and for my girls.”
“My husband and I really appreciate the staff here at Vista Christian Preschool. We are so happy we made the decision to have our children attend this school. It makes a parent feel so good to hear their children talk about God, and let us know not to worry about things because “Jesus is in our hearts!” In the years past, we failed to introduce them to the Lord and it’s amazing to have this support to help bring Him into their lives. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.”
-Michael & Tracy
Our Preschool staff is composed of Christian, well qualified Early Childhood Educators who are dedicated to the development of young children. We have been chosen for our love for Christ, knowledge and acceptance of Scripture and a love for children!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, So you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“What is Faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.”
“And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us, we do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus on whom our faith depends from start to finish.”
“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, neither be not dismayed for the Lord the God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” – Proverbs 25:2
We are committed to serving families both in and out of the classroom by providing a biblically based learning environment that instills a foundation of respect for each Child’s unique and individual development and needs. We provide a loving learning experience that prepares a child for a love of Christ, a love for each other and lifelong love of learning! We believe God has called us to bless each child with the opportunity to “Discover Him, Discover who He made us to be and to help each child Discover their identity in Him.” We integrate everything we believe into all we do and what we teach.”
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to inspired, the only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His resurrection from the dead, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe in absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of exceeding sinfulness of human nature; and men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and only by God’ grace through faith we saved.
We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, it is given to believers who ask for it.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
At VCPS we provide a learning environment designed for each child’s individual needs emotionally, developmentally, socially, academically and spiritually. The prepared learning environment includes the Bible, Practical life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and the Teacher. Our curriculum also includes but not limited to Art, Music, Movement, History, Geography, Science, and Nature and Cultural awareness. Each part of the hands-on learning environment is set up to promote a child’s independence, movement, sense of order, coordination and concentration. All the work in the learning environment is arranged sequentially according to difficulty and is self-correcting.
“Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” -Mark 12:30
The Bible is taught, modeled and lived as God’s truth to allow God’s word to transform each of us into His image! We believe that we must be able to see each child and each other as Jesus sees us. We incorporate the Bible into every aspect of our learning environment by reading the Word, prayer, modeling Christ like behavior, memory verses and by attending Chapel once a week.
The work in Practical life includes materials that are familiar to a child’s daily living. This work includes Care of Self, Care of Environment, and Grace & Courtesy. Such as; grasping, pouring, buttoning, tying, hand washing, sweeping, folding, sponging, grace and courtesy. The child needs to master the skills in practical life to help him/her to be more successful in math, language, writing, and reading and in life.
Maria Montessori believed a child learns from his/her environment by absorbing every aspect of their environment through all of their senses. Through her observations of children, she developed the “Sensorial” materials. These didactic materials allow the child to discriminate colors, shapes, size, weight, odors, etc., through their senses one particular quality at a time, The didactic materials are made to educate and refine the child’s senses which will allow the child to consciously put his/her environment into order. Each sensorial material isolates one particular quality to be learned by stimulating one of the senses at a time; the materials are self-correcting and call out to the child. A child uses the material repetitively until his/her sensitive period is satisfied. The mastery of these materials is essential to the child’s success with math, language and writing.
The Math materials bring math concepts to life for children, which allow them to hold, touch, manipulate, and build a strong foundation for math. The materials in math are similar to the other Montessori materials; they go from concrete to abstract principles. For example, the use of the golden bead material is used to introduce 4-digit addition, which allows the child to see, feel, and to physically combine the quantity. The child can then do this math work on paper. It amazes me how easy it is for children of 3-5 years old to absorb these abstract concepts with such ease. The math work is so much fun! Each piece of the math materials is built upon the previous concept learned and built upon the work mastered in practical life and in sensorial. The math materials introduce and assist in further development and understanding of the following concepts; numeration, decimal system, and fractions.
In Language there is the development of speaking, writing and reading. All children learn to speak their native tongue before they can read or write. Reading and writing seem to develop between the ages of 3 ½ to 5 years old. Some children begin to read and write simultaneously, while others begin one before the other. There is no set rule on which develops first. In a Montessori classroom environment the teacher and every other material in Practical life and Sensorial has been preparing the child for reading and writing. As in Math and Sensorial, Maria Montessori developed concrete materials that assist in refining the senses for reading and writing. The teacher models the spoken language in the classroom. In writing a child is introduced to tracing the sandpaper letters which teaches the hand movement of a letter. The child has also been strengthening his/her fine motor skills through the entire Practical life and Sensorial work. These exercises allow the child the muscle control needed to hold a writing tool. In preparation for reading a child has been refining his visual sense through the sensorial materials and pre-reading exercises. These materials assist the child in visual discrimination, for example, differentiating from the letter “a” and “c”. The development of vocabulary, sequencing, working from left to right and following directions are learned through the many different materials and activities in the classroom, individually or in small group lessons. The introduction to sandpaper letters teaches writing and reading at the same time. We have a phonetic reading program that teaches the sounds of the letters to prepare the child for reading. For writing, we introduce both cursive and print sandpaper letters. We introduce cursive letters because it flows with the child’s natural ability to write and as the child gets introduced to print, the writing is done with such precision! It is amazing to watch a child explode into writing at this age!
The Teacher is responsible for preparing a learning environment that meets each child’s needs and will become the link between the environment and the children. The teacher’s purpose is to see each child as God sees them, to model and guide Christ-like behavior, to observe, to give lessons and track each child’s progress. Lessons can be given in a group circle, a small group or individually. In one of Maria Montessori’s books she declares: “Teach, teaching, not correcting.”
“But the ideal as well as the practice, is that as time goes on-the child should become the more active partner and the teacher the more passive. Since her aim is to foster the child’s independence, free choice and spontaneous activity, she will be successful only in so far as the transference of roles takes place. In this connection Dr. Montessori often quoted the words of John the Baptist (spoken in reference to the Messiah): “He must increase and I must decrease.” The directress (teacher) rejoices when she finds the child progressing on his way alone. The most successful directress (teacher) is the one who at times (though it will never be for long) sees all her tiny charges concentrating on their work independently of her. She knows well that, when they are working in this way, they are advancing more swiftly and more surely along the path of development than at any other time.” (Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing, p.303)
Programs and Fees
Our hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We offer 5, 4, and 3 day programs either full-day or half-day. All children need to be at school no later than 8:30 a.m. We are open 12 months of the year.
Monthly Tuition (Effective July, 2013)
Full-day program – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|Days||1st Child||2nd Child|
Half-day program – 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|Non-refundable Application fee||$50|
|Material fee (Annual)||$125|
In addition to a 2nd child rate we offer a 10% discount for tuition paid in full (September-June) paid in September. We also offer current families a $200 referral credit for any other family they refer and register at VCPS.
All fees are subject to change
Vista Christian Preschool
Tomiko Salon, Director
License # 372001481
290 North Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92083
Call us at (760)724-7096 to schedule a tour of our Preschool!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for your interest in VCPS!