Welcome to Good Shepherd Preschool! We're glad you're interested in learning more about our program.
Come on in! You'll find children's art lining the hallways of Good Shepherd Preschool. This class was learning about artists and together recreated a famous work of art.
Our facility has four classrooms. Each room holds 12 to 16 students, depending on size, with two teachers. Classroom doors often display seasonal art displays created by the children.
Our Five-Day Pre-K class meets in this classroom. This class promotes maximum kindergarten readiness through two extra days of enriching instruction and a small class size of only 12 students.
Early Pre-K 2 and 3 Classroom
Our second classroom is shared by Two-Day Early Pre-K 2 and Three-Day Early Pre-K 3. This classroom features soothing colors for our younger children.
Early Pre-K 3 and Pre-K Classroom
Our Three-Day Pre-K and Two-Day Early Pre-K 3 classes will share this classroom. Up to 14 children play and learn in this spacious room each school day. Here, you can see the art and science centers set up for incoming students.
Early Pre-K 3 and Pre-K Classroom
Our largest classroom, pictured here, can hold up to 20 children, but we believe children learn best in smaller class sizes. Therefore, we cap our classes at 16 students. This classroom serves our Three-Day Pre-K and Two-Day Early Pre-K 3 classes.
Each class displays a visual schedule for the children, with words and pictures to show what they will do each day. Looks like they'll be busy today!
The Shape of Things
Wall space never goes to waste in our classrooms! This display teaches shapes with pictures of everyday objects. Kids can measure themselves using this "beanstalk."
Children learn math, fine-motor, and literacy skills through our extensive collection of table toys, also known as manipulatives. They are stored on low shelves so that children may access them easily.
Children spend the largest chunk of their day working independently in centers and with teachers in small groups. Blocks help children build spatial skills, math skills, and very tall castles.
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Teachers take advantage of this to teach science concepts, setting up experiments and providing interesting objects to observe and investigate.
Our science centers feature living things, such as plants and animals, for children to observe, as well as collections of interesting objects to investigate or sort, such as magnets or rocks.
Teachers label objects throughout the classroom and also encourage children to find words they already know how to "read" in their everyday environment.
Children have access to books in every center in addition to the rotating selection on the classroom bookshelves. At the literacy center, children may also listen to audiobooks and a variety of music CDs to work on listening skills. The classroom library also features a child-sized couch or set of easy chairs with plenty of soft toys for when a child needs some quiet time.
Children have access to plenty of paper, whiteboards, and literacy games to practice their growing writing skills. Children and teacher often create class books featuring children's pictures and dictations.
Teachers frequently introduce thematic units by asking the children to brainstorm what they know already about the topic they will study. Children may add to these webs as they learn more over the month.
Dramatic Play Center
Each classroom features an area for dramatic play, a key component of social studies instruction in early childhood. Children act out what they have observed about home life using our play kitchens, dress-up clothes, and baby dolls. Teachers often enrich these centers with thematic props, such as firefighter costumes or restaurant foods.
Classroom Bulletin Board
The children's own artwork is used to decorate our classrooms.
Children can choose from a wide variety of art supplies to create pictures, sculptures, and more.
A key part of center time is teacher-guided small-group instruction. Teachers choose small groups based on their observation and assessment of the children. Small groups may provide children some extra help one day or may provide children with extra enrichment another day. Individualizing instruction in this way helps meet every child's needs.
Our playground features a climbing structure with slides, a play house, a shaded sandbox, and a play car. We also have a great variety of outdoor toys in our shed. Weather permitting, children spend 30 minutes a day out on the playground engaging in activities that build their large muscles, increasing coordination and overall physical fitness. On rainy or especially cold days, children spend at least 15 minutes engaged in indoor gross-motor activities such as using the balance beam or dancing.
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We hope you'll come back to play again soon. Visit our Registration Information page to learn how you can enroll your child at Good Shepherd Preschool.