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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1415 West 7th Street
Frederick, MD 21702

(301) 695-5855


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children have the opportunity to play with a variety of materials and toys in the classroom. We change these materials periodically, allowing the child to experience many different types of manipulatives, toys, etc. and providing items to stimulate imagination, sharing, and creativity. Our daily schedule is such that there is a great deal of structure, but also allowing the children the freedom to explore materials and develop their social skills through play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work with each child at their readiness level. At this age there is a great range of readiness, so each child is encouraged to try what he or she is "ready" for, with the teacher's assistance. If a child is showing signs of interest or readiness for a particular skill (such as writing his name) we will work with them and provide practice experiences for parent to help with at home. If a child is having difficulty with a skill we do our best to work with her individually to build her confidence and success.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school philosophy is to provide a well-rounded preschool education for each child, acadmically, socially, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Our staff is comprised of individuals who provide a loving, nuturing environment for every child. Our goal is to show children that school is a safe, loving place and that learning is fun.

A Typical Day

Our classes, both morning and afternoon, are 2 1/2 hours in duration. Morning classes run from 9:00 to 11:30, and afternoon classes from 12:30 to 3:00. Three year olds can enroll either 2 (Tuesday - Thursday) or 3 days (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) per week. Four year olds can enroll either 2- 3- or 5- days per week. Class time includes circle time, craft or art time, readiness instruction, storytime, snack, playground time. Once a month we have Chapel Time with the pastor of the church. Each week we have music with our music teacher, who incorporates songs about the units and topics we are learning about.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Just before school begins in September, we have Open House of parents so they can meet the teacher and teacher assistant, and go over everyday issues such as field trips, snack time, etc. and also the curriculum. We also invite the children to come to school for a short play session, so they can meet the teacher, the teacher assistant, and the children who will be in their class that year. The parents will be given a class list so they know addresses, phone numbers for carpooling, birthday parties, etc. Each month the teachers provide a monthly calendar and newsletter, informing parents of what they will be teaching that month, information about field trips, upcoming events, etc. Anytime a parent has a concern, the teacher or assistant will be happy to return a phone call to discuss issues. Parents of Four-year olds are invited to schedule a conference in late January to discuss the child's progress and development and any concerns the teachers or parents may have. Each classroom has a hall bulletin board that displays the calendar for the month, as well as information about events in the classroom, party sign-up sheets, etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an Open House for children just before the school year begins. This allows the children to visit the school, meet the teachers and children who will be in their class, with the security of having their parent or parents stay with them. This event is very effective in calming fears and getting the children excited about school. If a child has a difficult time separating, we work with the parent to do whatever is best for their child. A parent may remain in the classroom for a few minutes, or wait in the hallway or lobby area of the church. Usually children calm after just a few minutes. If a child persists in crying for an extended period of time, we will call the parent and have them return to the classroom to stay their child. Our main goal is to have the child comfortable with the school setting and not frightened by their parent's departure.