"Good Shepherd Preschool has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. All the teachers are thoughtful, kind-hearted and excited about what they do. Their close correlation with area kindergartens has provided her with the skill set and attitude she needs to be successful in school. I fully intend on enrolling my youngest when he is old enough to attend the program."
Our primary goal at Good Shepherd Preschool is to provide an atmosphere where a child can be both loved and loving. We will help each child grow as a unique individual while learning to interact among his peers. Helping parents develop a healthy, positive self image for each child is our first concern.
Good Shepherd offers a two day morning and afternoon program as well as a three day morning and afternoon session:
Morning Session 9-11:30 am.
Afternoon Session 12:30-3:00 PM.
These classes are open to children who are at least 3 years of age by August 31st of the year in which they are enrolled. All areas of development will be addressed; social, self-help and listening skills will be stressed. The child must be potty trained. Both of these sessions are good introductory classes to preschool.
Morning Sessions 9-11:30 am.
Afternoon Sessions 12:30-3:00 PM.
These classes are open to children who are at least 4 years of age by August 31st of the year in which they are enrolled. All areas of development will be addressed. Pre-kindergarten skills will be stressed for all children.
All In A Days Play
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS - games and activities that include running, jumping, throwing, climbing and balancing will be included each day. We will go outside whenever conditions permit. Developing the large muscles is a necessary step in refining the fine motor skills.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS - puzzles, games, beads, blocks, legos, etc. will be made available during free play to give each child a chance to exercise the smaller muscles and improve his hand-eye coordination. Art projects will be created to help increase these skills.
COGNITIVE SKILLS - the use of puzzles, games, cause and effect toys will help build these skills. We will encourage each child's inquisitive nature and help develop problem solving skills. We will constantly explore our environment to help the child become aware of his world. We use units of study which include science, math, social studies and good citizenship.
LANGUAGE SKILLS - each child will be given an opportunity each day to express an idea, tell about an experience or just talk about himself. Speech will be developed through books, music, finger plays and story telling. "Show and Tell" is a good time to watch language skills improve.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL GROWTH - each child will be encouraged to take care of himself in dressing and toileting and to increase his self-help skills. The child's ability to follow directions and to complete tasks will develop by following the classroom routine. Free play presents an opportunity for each child to interact and learn to share and take turns.
SPIRITUAL NEEDS - we will provide a learning experience in a Christian setting. Whenever it is appropriate, we will discuss God's love and what God has given us, as we are interested in fostering a love and respect for nature. The religious significance of holidays will be discussed. However, we will not present any formal religious lessons.
To accomplish our goals and make preschool more interesting, we will work mostly in units or through themes. Some programs that we will use would include; Me and My Family, Feelings, Colors, Numbers, Holidays, Seasons, Understanding People with Disabilities, Plants, Animals and their Worlds, etc. We present a 3 year curriculum so except for the holidays and seasons, the units of study will be new to the child each year.
Although we plan to make this a growing and learning experience for your child, we will have lots of fun. We will learn through play.
Information and Requirements
TUITION - Tuition for the preschool is based on a yearly fee and reflects the cost to maintain your child in the program for the year. This annual fee is broken down into nine (9) monthly payments for your convenience. Tuition for the 18/19 school year is $95/month for the two day classes and $120/month for the three day classes. There is also $30 registration fee. This registration money will be used mainly for improvement of equipment and environment.
TRANSPORTATION - The parent is responsible for getting his child to and from school. The teachers must be notified in writing if someone other than a parent will be transporting the child.
PARENTAL CONTACT - The teachers are always available to discuss the curriculum, to accept ideas and suggestions, to evaluate adjustment problems. Parents are welcome to visit at anytime. Conferences will be set up when the teachers or parents feel one is warranted. MWF classes will schedule a day of parent/teacher conferences before kindergarten registration.
SNACKS - will be provided that are nutritious. Fruit, cheese, crackers, pretzels, juices, water and milk will be served. At times the children will prepare their own snacks. The food is often related to the unit.
SHOW and TELL - Each child may bring something to share 1 day a week. Show and Tell will always be on Thursday or Friday. We would like to see things that relate to that week's topic. Please avoid large items, weapons and toys with small pieces.
FIELD TRIPS - We will plan field trips occasionally during the year that relate to our units. Parents (or a substitute of your choice) are expected to transport their child and accompany their child on the field trips.
DRESS - Children should be dressed in comfortable play clothes. There will be some messy science and art projects. Please remember that we do go out whenever possible. Send hats and mittens in cold weather. Children should be able to put on coats and hats unassisted other than to fasten buttons and zippers.
HEALTH - PLEASE-avoid sending a sick child to school. A child should be without a fever for 24 hours before returning. We assume if a child is in school, he or she is well enough to go outside.
IMMUNIZATIONS - A record of the child's immunizations and signed emergency form must be on file before the child begins school. (In case of a medical emergency and the parents or emergency contacts cannot be reached, the ambulance/paramedics will be contacted.)
COAT HOOKS & MAIL BOXES - are available right outside our classroom door. Please encourage your child to be responsible to remove and hang up his/her own coat and to check his or her own mail-box for art projects or letters for home.
PARTY DAYS - Several parties are planned throughout the year; Halloween,
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. All children are welcome to attend these parties.
The Preschool calendar will follow the Muhlenberg School District Calendar. We have been working with the district's staff to prepare the children for the expectations of Kindergarten.
Good Shepherd Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and athletic and other school-administered programs.