Ms. Megan Willemsen
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come."
2 Corinthians 5:17
Students have optimal opportunity to grow in their faith and in their relationship with God. The concepts presented are God, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), God the Holy Spirit, the Bible, heaven, angels, sin, law & gospel, worship, prayer & thanksgiving, witnessing, and stewardship. Children hear Bible stories from the Old & New Testament, learn to say memorized & personal prayers, and sing Christian songs. They learn that God knows them, forgives their sins, and loves them dearly.
This program helps students develop a variety of strategies and skills that will allow them to become independent, competent, and confident readers. Instruction is given in phonics and phonemic awareness that is meaningful and integrated with classroom themes. The children are exposed to a print rich kindergarten environment. Reading/Language Arts concepts consist of rhyming, alphabet & alphabet sound recognition, decoding words, inventive spelling, high frequency words, word opposites, syllabication, sequencing, journaling, and increased vocabulary development.
Good writing habits are introduced at this level. Children are instructed in correct formation of upper and lower case manuscript alphabet letters and numerals.
Our math program helps students develop higher-order thinking, to become fluent in math vocabulary, to form problem solving strategies, and to build true concepts of what mathematics is and what it means to "do" math. Math concepts presented are sorting, classifying, geometry, patterns, positions, estimation, numbers 1-100, money, tables, graphs, fractions, addition & subtraction, time, and measurement.
Kindergartners become more familiar with God’s world as they study geography, map skills, government, citizenship, economics, history, society, and culture. Learning is made meaningful through such topics as family & neighbors, transportation, community helpers, holidays, and customs & traditions.
Children learn that the world and everything in it was created by God. Kindergartners use science process skills and the methods of science through hands-on activities. Many concepts are introduced such as weather, the four seasons, external & internal body parts, pushes & pulls, the five senses, animals & life cycles, plants, and seeds.
Children express themselves creatively through various art medias: watercolor paints, tempera paints, finger paints, charcoal, pastels, sculptures, collages, clay; and childhood favorites: crayons & markers.
Students learn that they are "wonderfully" made by God, and that God wants them to take care of their bodies. Children participate in many age appropriate games and activities that promote good health and a positive attitude toward exercise.
Music at this level is especially fun. The students sing, play percussion and handbells, learn the role of different notes, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes. Students may even explore imaginary adventures and listen for sounds in nature made by percussion instruments and rain sticks.
Textbooks and Other Sources
Faith AliveConcordia Publishing
Invitations for LiteracyHoughton Mifflin
Progress in MathematicsSadlier-Oxford
Friends & NeighborsHoughton Mifflin
Discovery WorksHoughton Mifflin Science
EPEC (Exemplary Physical Fitness Curriculum)
Michigan Fitness Foundation