The basic premise of the Good Shepherd program is that God has established a relationship with the child. Therefore, instead of the teacher pouring religious information into the child, we explore with the child the intimate relationship with God that is already there. We guide them with presentations from scripture and liturgy in a prepared environment where they can discover and deepen this relationship. We give them materials that they can manipulate and work with to reinforce their learning. The program also provides many opportunities for personal meditation and reflection.