Enrichment Programs

Good Shepherd Center is proud to offer extended learning opportunities, outside of our exceptional classroom learning, through our enrichment programs. 

LITERACY ENRICHMENT

Literacy Enrichment at GSC is designed to bolster exposure to, and interest in, early literacy surrounding reading, print exposure, storytelling, and comprehension. In addition, the literacy program increases exposure to diversity within each area. Our Literacy Program is currently designed by Roxy Running, an experienced children’s librarian who spends time doing one on one reading and enrichment with each classroom group from our youngest infants all the way up to our Pre-K students, as well as running an interactive large group Storytime for each classroom weekly.  

 

The program also ensures the center's collections are rich with variety as it partners with the Iowa City Public Library to supplement GSC’s classroom  libraries with theme centered collections.  We also host  ICPL guest storytimes and Bookmobile visits. We are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to all our children.

MUSIC ENRICHMENT

GSC is thrilled to have Mrs Gloria Hartley on our teaching team. Gloria is a Board Certified Music Therapist who plays the Guitar and the Cello. Gloria provides a weekly music class to all our GSC classrooms. Each music class introduces the children to new songs, instruments, rhythms and musical games centered around our monthly Enrichment theme.  Classes are designed to promote exposure to diverse instruments and to allow children to interact with music in new ways.

Our Music enrichment also includes a large group sing-a-long once a week that brings together all of our classroom programs and gives our children the opportunity to showcase their musical learning and talent for the rest of the center.

TIPPI TOES

GSC is excited to continue our partnership with Tippi Toes Dance.  Every week this exceptional early dance program is welcomed into our building to lead a Baby Ballet class (2-3 year olds) as well as a Ballet/Tap/Jazz class (4-5 year olds) to any GSC student enrolled into the dance program.  For more information visit Tippi Toes @ https://www.tippitoesdance.com/iowacity/

IC FIRE SOCCER

GSC also partners with Coach Teri Spencer and the IC Fire Soccer Program to provide an optional soccer class to any student enrolled into the IC Fire program.  The classes are carefully designed for each specific age group from very young 2’s up to Pre-K and gives children an early introduction to group sports while teaching perseverance and sportsmanship. For more information visit IC Fire @ https://icfireyouthsports.org/

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Good Shepherd Centers “Great Room” area is host to our large scale Community Centers learning area.  Planned and Coordinated by GSC’s Education Manager, the centers and activities rotate on a 5 week rotation and are adjusted to each group's developmental level. Children 2 and up take turns utilizing the space as an extended classroom area once per week.

The star of Community Centers is the large scale dramatic play learning center.  Popular themes have included Down on the Farm, At the Bakery, Construction Zone and Vet Clinic/Pets.  In addition to the Dramatic Play set-up, the area also contains a full art and sensory exploration zone and a large motor building zone and a library/small pieces corner.