Good Shepherd has two Kindergarten levels: Junior Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds) and Senior Kindergarten (5 & 6 year olds). Kindergarten at Good Shepherd opens up a new world to children.

Children enrolled in Good Shepherd School’s Kindergartens are trained in important basic skills including recognition of left and right; critical size, directional, and comparison vocabulary; the correct use of scissors, crayons, and pencils; an introduction to various art media and to simple music concepts recognizing and using the basic colors and shapes; and age-appropriate physical education.

Each class will be taught many Bible stories, verses, and simple Bible truths about God and His creatures. Each class will also explore a variety of science and history themes throughout the year as well as take part in fun programs for their parents.

Morning Devotions and News

Each day officially begins with a time of committing ourselves to God in prayer and praise and hearing a small portion of His Word. Following this, we pledge our allegiance to the flag, and discuss some news for the day: the weather, the month, the season.

Class Time

Group instruction in the core curriculum and class seatwork time is scheduled during the morning. Periods are scheduled in which our students learn to concentrate and work hard on their phonics and math skills. The curriculum for Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten is described below. At seatwork time, the children do all sorts of enjoyable activities to develop their ability in cutting with scissors, tracing, coloring, drawing, and writing with a pencil. As the year progresses, children learn to form numbers and the letters of the alphabet correctly.

Bible Class

Each day children listen to a Bible story and work on memorizing verses and Christian hymns. In addition to receiving religious training during Bible time, the students also develop good listening comprehension skills and memory skills.

Unit Study

Every week brings the chance to study and explore firsthand new and interesting facts of science or social studies, various art media, and music. Teachers plan many of their daily activities and classes around themes for the month—such as the four seasons, Thanksgiving and the Puritans and Pilgrims, the Christmas story, community helpers, safety, health habits, plant and animal life, the Easter story, weather, and various historical heroes.

Restroom Time

Children may go to the bathroom at any time, but set times for restroom are provided for those who get “too busy” and forget. Good restroom manners and cleanliness are emphasized.

Free Play

Kindergartners have several play periods each day. They play on the large playground outside whenever the weather permits. They also use the gymnasium for recess times as well as their classrooms which contain many toys, books, puzzles, blocks, and other items to enrich the children’s play.

Snacks and Lunchtime

A wholesome snack is given to kindergartners each clay in the morning, and also after nap time. A usual snack is a serving of some healthful food such as crackers, fruit or raw vegetables, along with milk or juice. At both snack-time and lunchtime good manners are encouraged. We teach the children to give thanks to God for their food.

Music, Poetry, and Stories

Throughout each day, children are taught fun songs, nursery divines, poems, and finger-plays. The teacher reads stories to the children every day as well. We regard these activities as absolutely essential in helping our kindergartners to become joyful learners, good readers, and articulate adults.

Afternoon Activities

After lunch and a storytime, a rest period of an hour, more or less, is scheduled. The length of time shortens somewhat, particularly for the 4-year-olds, as the year advances and the children grow. All children are required to rest part of the period, and then the non-sleepers are allowed to “read” a book or do some other quiet activity at the teacher’s discretion.

The afternoon schedule also includes a snack, opportunity for individualized instruction and practice, free play, and special enrichment, seasonal, and art projects.

Clean-up and Departure

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for cleaning up their own play areas and to help in general pick-up. We also help them learn to pack their own bags and put on their wraps by themselves. The class is then led to a designated spot to await the arrival of parents.

Extended Care

Children who need to arrive earlier than 8:00am or stay later than 3:00pm may remain for our extended care program. Snacks are provided in afternoon extended care. Students are supervised in relaxed play by well-trained, caring adults.

Field Trips

Kindergarten classes have several field trips scheduled in the course of the year. These are important times of learning and becoming acquainted with our community. Upon enrollment, parents are asked to sign a permission request to allow their children to attend class field trips.

Parents will always be notified in written form of the location, date, time, and purpose of the trip at least two days in advance. Students are supervised carefully, wear name tags, and are seat-belted at all times in vehicles. Some enjoyable trips our students have taken in the past have been to the fire station, the zoo, museums, the Rose Garden, the public library, farms, and more.

We also invite guests into our classrooms from time to time such as policemen, doctors, dentists, and weathermen.

We hope your child will discover the world of learning in a Good Shepherd Kindergarten!