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Shepherd's Care Childcare Center

11875 West Eagle Lake Drive
Osseo, MN 55369

Phone:
(763) 493-3623

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Shepherd's Care is a full day Christian childcare program in Maple Grove, MN serving infants, toddlers and preschool age children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn best by being allowed to actively engage in hands-on activities. Teachers plan such activities to meet our curriculum goals and the children are allowed to explore the areas they choose. Teacher's move among the children during this time, observing, questioning, etc. to help the children build on the learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • patterning blocks
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music CD's
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
  • 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

From the Director:

Our teaching approach is best described as play-based and teacher supported. Activities that meet curriculum objectives are planned by the teacher and children are allowed to freely move between them spending as much time as they wish at any given activity. We believe children learn best when actively engaged in an activity of their choosing.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers observe the children, noting their individual developmental levels and plan activities for all levels of learning and actively engage each child to help them move to the next level of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Shepherd's Care exists to support parents of young children by developing supportive relationships with families, guiding the young children as they grow, and celebrating the wonder of God's love for us.

A Typical Day

Arrival time: Anytime after 6:30 am. Free play, breakfast until about 9:00 am. A short worship time with a Bible story, a morning snack, Group time followed by a time for the children to be actively involved in learning center activities related to the theme. The children have about an hour to enjoy playing outside (weather permitting), followed by lunch. At 1:00 the preschool children have a two hour rest period. After a gentle wake up time, the children are given a snack and enjoy the remainder of the day playing outside (weather permitting) or enjoying free play and games inside. Pick up time is before 6:00 pm

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers talk with the parents each day, sharing notable events, problems, etc. Conferences are offered yearly and parents are encouraged to ask for a conference at any other time to address questions or concerns they may have.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teacher's "read" the children's readiness to be separated from the parents and respond appropriately. By working together with the parents, taking cues from them, and a loving attitude towards the child, i.e., gently holding them, reassuring them, developing a good bye routine, etc. most children develop an ability to separate from their parents.