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Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool

16420 South Westland Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

(301) 963-1955


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Good Shepherd Preschool is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. GSLP uses two state recommended curriculum. In specific: The Creative Curriculum is used in all GSLP Early Pre-Kindergarten classes. Because the Creative Curriculum includes material appropriate for preschool students at different stages of development, teachers can tailor the curriculum to meet the needs and abilities of individual classes. All Good Shepherd Pre-Kindergarten classes use the Montgomery County Pre-Kindergarten curriculum. Using this curriculum ensures that students who successfully complete a Good Shepherd Pre-Kindergarten class meet or exceed the entrance expectations for success in Kindergarten.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

As early childhood educators, our goal is to instill children with a love of learning and a curiosity about the natural world surrounding them. At Good Shepherd Preschool, the child will be guided through developmentally appropriate activities that reinforce these goals and that provide each student the necessary tools for future learning.

A Typical Day

Children learn through play and exploration. Good Shepherd Preschool is committed to gently guiding its students. GSLP follows developmentally appropriate practices in all areas of the curriculum. In developing relevant lesson plans, teachers implement curriculum which covers social and emotional development, cognitive development, physical development, and language development. Teachers assess the strengths and needs of each child. Class activities are designed to enhance these strengths and to provide experiences in areas needing reinforcement. Children participate in a variety of activities each day. Circle time includes music, stories, fingerplays, drama, creative movement, science experiments, and math concepts. Centers time provides children the opportunity to choose from the following centers: housekeeping, art, block and construction, games and puzzles, writing, pre-math manipulatives, and computer learning. The children go outdoors, weather permitting, for thirty minutes each day. On rainy days, the children participate in indoor gross motor activities.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


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