Welcome to 3rd Grade
I am starting my 19th year of teaching in the ministry, and I am starting my 16th year of teaching at Immanuel. In that time I have taught grades 1 – 4. Over the past 15 years here at Immanuel, I have been teaching 3rd grade. I have a wonderful husband of 12 years. I enjoy coaching basketball, reading, traveling, and watching movies.
It is a pleasure for me to teach all of God’s wonderful children!
My first four years were spent teaching a first and second grade combined class, directing all music in the church and school, coaching girls’ volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, being yearbook editor, and teaching departmentalized music in grades one through eight. I also went on to serve as Principal.
In August of 1986 I came to Immanuel as the third grade teacher and Minister of Music in the school and church. I had many highlights of the years I spent as Minister of Music, but one of my favorites was taking our school choir on a “Choir Tour” in Michigan. This was a 4-day weekend trip that was a highlight of the school year for many people! We did this for at least 5 years in a row. We were featured singers in Frankenmuth, Frankentrost, and Midland, Michigan. I also have had the joy of teaching piano lessons to over 40 students through the years. When I had my daughter I knew it was time to give part of my job up so I would have enough family time. I continue to love teaching grade three and directing the third grade choir. I am an active member in our church “Praise Team” and sit as a member on the PTL.
The summer of 1987 I traveled all over Brazil and other parts of South America with a special group of people. I had the opportunity to work with children and schools in Brazil. I was part of the “Brazil Mission Society” that had the opportunity to take the money collected by our Lutheran School’s that year to begin a mission school in Brazil. The second part of the summer I traveled throughout Europe experiencing all of the cultures God created!
Other highlights of my career include directing over 52 plays and programs while I was Minister of Music, having two students write an essay that said I had made a difference in their life leading to my being chosen as “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” two different times, and being honored as being chosen as America’s “Outstanding Young American Woman”. These privileges have led me to have a genuine love and appreciation for my job.
This year is my 33nd year at Immanuel and 37th year in the teaching ministry. I am so very blessed to have spent so many of my teaching years here at Immanuel. I dearly love the children entrusted into my care each year and find great joy when I see them grow into outstanding young adults.
In December my husband and I will celebrate our 29th Wedding Anniversary. We have one daughter who is a Sophomore at Lutheran High School North this year! I find my greatest joy in teaching God’s precious children, spending time with my family, traveling, reading, and praising God through the gift of music. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
Thursday, October 11
In class Fieldtrip- "The French Fur Traders"
Wednesday, November 21
Spring Fieldtrip- TBA
Curriculum - 3rd Grade
Mathematics - We teach mathematics through problem solving, number sense, number concepts, number operations, algebraic thinking, data analysis and probability, measurement, geometry, and spatial sense. This is done through the use of manipulatives, practice exercises, group work, discussion and assessment. We implement a computer program called “Dreambox”. This offers the opportunity for children to work at their own levels and work ahead independently.
Language Arts Reading - Reading incorporates the Four Block curriculum using guided reading activities, working with words activities, self-selected reading, writing, and phonemic awareness. Accelerated Reader is used as part of the reading program. Children work daily/weekly on laptops using Razkids or Reading Horizons enrichment programs.
- English/Grammar - Grammar, usage, and the mechanics of the writing process are taught through individual daily practice exercises, discussion, group work, assessment, and published written work.
- Spelling - Words are taught through emphasis on learning principles and patterns such as sound spelling patterns, syllable patterns, and word parts (base, prefix, suffix). This is practiced through workbook, activities, and assessment.
- Handwriting - We begin our year with manuscript maintenance and we work our way through the beginning of the year learning the correct way to make each letter. By April, all children are writing in cursive.
- Creative Writing - Creativity and the love of writing is taught through a wide variety of writing topics such as letter writing, journal writing, stories, plays, advertisements, news reports, biographies, and a large project of writing and illustrating an actual hard cover book. We also supplement with a program called CraftPlus Writing.
Social Studies - Michigan History, Geography, Economics, Citizenship, and Cultural Awareness are taught through class lecture, discussion, projects, practice work, Weekly Reader News ( current events), and assessment. We include a yearly trip to Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village on alternating years. We also include in-class enhanced learning experiences through Wolcott Mill.
Science - A wide variety of topics such as Sun, Moon, and Earth, Forms of Energy, Earth's Water, Roles of Living Things, and Nutrition are taught through class lecture and discussion, experiments, practice work, and assessment. Included in our studies is a trip to the Flint Planetarium. We also include in-class enhanced learning experiences through the MISD.
Physical Education - Children participate in activities to work on their coordination, muscle development, and cardiovascular endurance. This is done through a variety of activities from relays and games to sports and sport-related activities.
Computers - Computer time is used to foster keyboarding skills; software navigation skills; presentation skills; basic technology terminology (including hardware and Internet awareness).
Music - Vocal, theory, and a love of music is experienced through choir and worship participation.
Art - The third grade program includes basic drawing techniques, seasonal projects, and the incorporation of children's literature, art appreciation, and the introduction to the seven elements of art.