At Good Shepherd Preschool, our fully accredited and holistic program addresses each child individually. Our mission is to build confidence and love of learning, giving students a solid foundation for a healthy and happy life and becoming good citizens.
Children must be at least two years and eight months old by the first day of school and be fully potty trained (as defined by staff). We have a preschool program for children ages three and four, as well as a pre-kindergarten program for late born five-year-old children who cannot attend kindergarten due to their birth date.
We invite you to learn more about us and to visit our classrooms so you can meet our staff and see our caring environment.
The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning isn't just repeating what someone else says. It requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in.
Play provides the foundation for academic or "school" learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young children.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends and feel they are a part of the group.
To help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control and have a positive attitude toward life.
To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, as well as help them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations and feelings.
To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.
Teachers engage children in literacy activities that focus on phonological awareness, comprehension, print awareness and alphabet knowledge. The materials incorporate specific strategies for supporting English and dual-language learners.
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
Playing at the water table during playground time.
Choosing a book to donate to her classroom for her birthday. This is one of the ways our school encourages a lifelong love of books and reading
Playing with friends during Center Time develops social skills and supports language development.
Donating shoe boxes to needy children for Operation Christmas Child, one of our community service projects.
Enjoying the fresh air out on the playground while developing large motor and social skills.
Practicing fine motor skills, as well as letter and number recognition, at the Writing Center.
Developing fine motor skills in the sandbox, while learning math and spatial concepts.
Coloring and practicing name writing.
Pretending to be a veterinarian in the Dramatic Play Center.
Ms. Lori reads a book to a student.