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Good Shephard Pre School

1401 Carrollton Ave
Baltimore, MD 21204

Phone:
(410) 825-7139

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that young children learn best through active involvement in the learning process. School activities are designed to engage their interest and enthusiasm. Through these activities, developmentally appropriate concepts and skills are introduced and reinforced. Attention is given to each child's developmentally readiness so that the child experiences success while enjoying a challenge. In addition, we spend time in and out of the classroom teaching values like respect, kindness and the importance of helping others.The staff feels that children should leave Good Shepherd with an intrinsic desire to treat others the way in which they would want to be treated. Our weekly chapel service offers us the venue to promote various values, through the use of puppets,stories,music and plays.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • numerous games that reinforce lang, development
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulatives that enable the children to engage in hands-on learning
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • We measure, estimate and weigh
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music is played throughout the morning varying from Bach to Raffi
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught We have a curriculum that focuses on diversity. We have nine boxes that rotate each month, serving to introduce each age group to a different country and thereby broaden their appreciation of those that do not look or act like them. Each box contains a variety of items collected from these countries, including, but not limited to: toys, clothes, music, pictures, eating utensils and lesson plans.

From the Director:

Each teacher, based on her teaching style and the school's desire to have children play creatively, develop verbal skills, learn to make choices, share with their peers, strenghten their small and gross motor skills and develop a strong sense of self, creates a program that best meets the needs of her students. As a result, curriculums are continually being revised.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

One-on-one as we have student teachers and parent volunteers, which frees the teachers to focus on those in need.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The cornerstone of the program at Good Shepherd School is it's commitment to nurturing each child as a unique individual with a special set of gifts. We seek to instill in each child a strong sense of self-worth, a desire to help others and a love of learning. We strive to help each child in our care grow socially, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

A Typical Day

It varies depending on the age. Free Play Circle Time Learning Activity Outside Snack Learning Activity Free Play Outside

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each parent receives two newsletters a week: one from the teacher and the other from the Director. Parent's have two scheduled meetings a year with their child's teacher re:their child's social, emotional and cognitive development. In addition, parents can request a meeting at any time. Many speak to their child's teacher when they drop him/her off in the morning. If a parent needs guidance, we provide it. However, we never pick a specific school for a child; we simply ask them probing questions and share information regarding a child's learning style in order to help them make their decision.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

It varies depending on the child.