Besides focusing on age-appropriate literacy and math skills, we are pleased to offer many special programs at our school. All children participate in various sports activities including soccer, volleyball, football, T-ball, basketball, and mini-golf. Each child is encouraged to learn the importance of moving and physical activity. Children will participate either outdoors when weather permits or indoors in our spacious gym. Sports activities are great for teaching the concepts of working as a team and working with each other. Sports activities at Good Shepherd Lutheran School culminate with a Field Day and parents are invited to cheer their child on in various relay races and obstacle courses.
We have an outstanding music program taught by a certified music teacher one time weekly. The children enjoy singing and playing musical instruments, while also learning basic music skills including rhythm, dynamics, melodies, and music history. The songs they have learned are presented to parents at our Advent Programs in December and our Moving-up and Graduation ceremonies in June.
Each class has a special S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program one time per week. Our mobile SMART table as well as our iPads are on hand during these activities to encourage and foster growth in these areas.
Children also have a chance to use the in-class libraries daily. Every class has a quiet, “cozy “corner, where the children may read their book selections in a comfortable setting. On each child’s birthday, parents have an opportunity to purchase a “Birthday Box” which contains a special “Birthday Book” (as well as goodies and party favors). The child’s name, picture and year are placed inside the book and the books are donated to the in-class library after the child has a chance to take it home to enjoy.
Creative movement is another special program taught by a creative movement specialist in which all children develop their gross motor skills by using steps, balls, scarves, and many other manipulatives. Music is also used that keeps them moving in a structured direction. They develop physical skills, channel their energy, stimulate imagination, and provoke creativity. Every child is different, therefore all children will learn and process motions, actions, coordination, and various gross motor skills at their own pace.