Full Day-Early Childhood at Our Shepherd!
2021-2022 School Year
#BeKnown at Our Shepherd with our FULL-DAY program that will allow your child to participate in a day filled with activities that promote the development of the child spiritually, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Our Full-Day program is an excellent stepping stone into our Kindergarten program.
5 Full-day program (M-F) 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Early Childhood is available for children 3 years of age by August 1 and toilet-trained (child is able to communicate and independently take care of all bathroom needs without adult assistance).
The early childhood program is designed to introduce the children to a structured setting where they will be able to learn at their own pace.
Children in full-day early childhood are greeted by Mrs. Tracie Douglas and Mrs. Amy Helmkamp, our lead teachers. We will maintain a student-teacher ratio no greater than 9:1. A class that has an enrollment of 10 will also have an aide with them in the morning and afternoon.
Tracie Douglas Amy Helmkamp
Tracie has been in early childhood education for 2009 and was named the Indiana-Kentucky Teacher of the Year October 2018. She graduated from Concordia Chicago with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Spanish concentration. She has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Portland. Tracie loves teaching children - especially about Jesus!
Visit Mrs. Douglas' Early Childhood blog to get daily updates on what our students are learning! Our Shepherd believes that communication between teachers, students, and parents is key.
Mrs. Amy Helmkamp
Amy has been in early childhood education since 2015 and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She enjoys watching the preschoolers open up to build friendships with their classmates and learn about Jesus.
Visit Mrs. Helmkamp's Early Childhood blog to get daily updates on what our students are learning! Our Shepherd believes that communication between teachers, students, and parents is key.
Early Childhood Aides
Brenda Dieckamp Kristine Beltz Doug Lynch Brandi Matthews (not pictured)
Each day classes starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Children are taught daily through words, music and actions that God loves them. Faith is expressed daily and incorporated into all aspects of teaching.
Children will work on age-appropriate skill development through the following:
Gross and fine motor skill development
Creative expression through art and music
The Project Approach
Meaningful hands-on experiences including field trips and guest speakers
Guided, directed, and free choice play
Developmentally appropriate practices
- One-on-one student/teacher time