Welcome to Kindergarten

 
Children should enjoy learning! Play is an important part of learning for children. It is my job to encourage them to strive to learn new things, to open the world a little wider for each child.

I expect children to do their best. I encourage independence which builds self esteem. I want them to enjoy the process of education, to want to know. I want them to feel good about the things they can do.

Reading in Kindergarten is encouraged, but not all children are ready. They will learn sight words and how to sound things out, but each child has their own pace and ability that must be respected. This year, we are beginning a new phonics program K-5th grade that I think will enhance their understanding and make reading easier.

Pressuring children to perform should not be part of a child’s day. Life is too short to be stressed out at 5 or 6! However, urging children to try new things and take the next step should be.

I believe that children will meet your expectations, so I set them high – in behavior, in academics, in how we treat one another. Then, lovingly, guide them to the goals I’ve set.

I know I’ve met my personal goals as a teacher when children want to come to school, are eager to get in the door and talk about what happens here when they get home.

Above all, I want them to experience the love of Jesus throughout the day – to get to know Him as a personal friend and Savior. - Kindergarten Teachers

Classroom News

 
Miss Gore
Hello! My name is Stephanie Gore. I am the second oldest of four daughters in my family. Lutheran education has played an important role in my life. My sisters and I all attended St. Luke Lutheran Church and School in Clinton Township and Lutheran High School North in Macomb.

I graduated from Valparaiso University in May 2017 with a Bachelor's of Arts and Sciences degree in Elementary Education and with a Biology minor. I am blessed and honored to serve on staff at Immanuel for my second year. I am excited to be a part of the Immanuel community, where I can use my talents to glorify God and foster the growth of young students, learning alongside them in our walk with Christ.

KG Weekly Teacher Newsletter
 
Mrs. Williams
I am so blessed to be one of Immanuel's Kindergarten teachers.  I tell everyone that I have the best job in the world - and I mean it!   I have taught at Immanuel for 30 years and am looking forward to many more.  This year, it is my privilege to teach full day Kindergarten again with Ms. Gore.

I believe that children should be children.  Children learn best through play and activity.  I believe that it is my responsibility to help them learn to love learning.  If they do, then they will be ready to face the challenges that education and life will bring in their future.  I encourage independence and the self esteem that being able to handle things themselves can bring.

I also expect respect and I give them respect in return.  We are a family.  We care about each other and treat each other with kindness and love -just like Jesus does!  I run a structured, but loving, classroom.

It is my joy to teach my children about Jesus and His love for them.  We learn Bible stories and biblical truths and apply them to our daily classroom life.  I try each day to share my faith and my love for Jesus with them.  That's what makes Immanuel special!

Personally, I have been married for 42 years to my wonderful husband who also teaches here at Immanuel.  I have four grown children and four adorable grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters.  They live far away and love to visit and FaceTime with them in Wyoming and Texas.   I have experience and perspective from "on the job" training as a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher that I love to share with others.

KW Weekly Newsletter

Teacher Assistants

Mrs. Kaniuk
Immanuel has been an amazing blessing to me and to my family.  It is a joy and a privilege to work every day with Mrs. Williams, Miss Gore, and with the children.

I try each day to give the children my time and attention, treating each one with love and patience. I take care of all of the background details (project set-ups, record keeping, book-it, field trips, etc.) so that our kindergarten teachers can concentrate on teaching the children rather than the paperwork.

When individuals ask me about Immanuel Lutheran School, I always respond to them speaking as one parent to another. Both of my daughters attended Immanuel from three year old preschool all the way through to eighth grade. It was always comforting to know that my daughters were getting an amazing education while learning daily about Jesus Christ.

I have been married for 28 years to my wonderful husband Andy. We have two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Kelsey. Taylor is one of our 1st grade teachers here at Immanuel and was married this past summer.  Kelsey is engaged and will be getting married next summer.  She graduated last December is a special education teacher at Sequoia Elementary.

Mrs. Macfarlane
My name is Marianne Macfarlane. I have been apart of the Immanuel community for the past 12 years. I've been married to my husband Mark for 19 years. We have four children that are still attending Immanuel or did attend Immanuel. I have a Bachelors degree in music with a minor in Christian thought.

For the past five years, I have volunteered weekly in the Learning Center. I have mainly worked with kindergarteners in early reading intervention, but I have also worked with children all the way up to the 8th grade. Three years ago I started substitute teaching at Immanuel. I have enjoyed being in just about every classroom over the past three years. I am also very involved in the music ministry at Immanuel and enjoy singing several Sunday's  out of the month. I look forward to this next adventure with Mrs. Gore and the incoming kindergarten class.

Events

 
Mrs. Williams Snack List
Miss Gore's Snack List
Choir Schedule
Kindergarten Choir Schedule

Sunday, October 28 - 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Program, December 19 - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3 - 11:00 a.m.

Spring Program, May 16 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2 - 9:30 a.m. (Outdoor)

Mrs. Williams' Recipes
Miss Gore's Recipes

Academics

 
Curriculum
Religion - Bible stories are taught as well as real-life application to the child's daily life. Prayers, songs and worship are included throughout the day. An awareness of God and His impact on their lives is stressed in every curriculum area.

Math - Sorting and classifying, patterns, number and shape recognition, beginning addition and subtraction are taught through hands-on play as well as paper and pencil later in the year. Emphasis is on understanding concepts rather than rote memorization.

Language Arts

Reading - Phonemic awareness as well as phonics are emphasized. Recognition of basic sights words as well as forming and sounding out words help children to prepare to become readers. Rhyming and word play as well as concepts of print prepare the child to understand the written word. A wide variety of readings experiences are offered.

English - Taught in connection with reading and concepts of print. This includes a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, names, etc.; as well as proper use of punctuation.

Spelling - Also taught in conjunction with reading. Children learn to relate letters and sounds to each other and the formation of words.

Handwriting - Proper formation of manuscript upper and lowercase alphabet as well as numbers is emphasized. Proper pencil grip and paper placement are taught as well as writing on lines.

Creative Writing - Shared writing as well as dictation is used to help the child learn that the spoken word can be written down. Children are encouraged to write on their own, using phonetic spelling as well as memorized words.

Social Studies – Topics include community helpers (fire safety, stranger awareness, public safety) and Holidays (Columbus Day, Thanksgiving – Pilgrims/Indians, St. Patrick’s Day, etc).

Science – Topics include animals (bears, dinosaurs, animal families), plants, and health – proper nutrition and proper care of their body.

Physical Education - Basic large motor skills are encouraged through practice and games. Sportsmanship and working together are emphasized.

Current Events - Discussed as appropriate to children - ages 5-6.

Computer - Computer time focuses on ability to use mouse and keyboard effectively. Much effort is made to focus student attention and enable their ability to follow step-by-step instruction. Software programs include JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten Network, KidPix Deluxe and Type to Learn Jr.

Music - Songs are taught for worship and fun. Actions are often included.

Art - Activities that tie into the weekly theme are included to allow the children to experience learning in a creative way. Proper use of glue, scissors, crayons, markers, etc. are also taught.

Annual Kindergarten Field Trips - Macomb Township Fire Department, Blake's Apple Orchard, Macomb Theater play, Dinosaur Hill, LHN Band Day and Art Room visit, Barnes and Noble and a special event field trip at the end of the year

Kindergarten Readiness
The following checklist is not intended as information to help you determine if your child is ready for Kindergarten.  The parent is usually the one who knows if their child is ready or not.  However, the opinion of their current teacher and others who know the child well can be invaluable.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's readiness, please feel free to talk with Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Greve or any of the preschool teachers about your child.
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

by Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.

While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.

Check the skills your child has mastered. Then recheck every month to see what additional skills your child can accomplish easily.

Young children change so fast -- if they can't do something this week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later.

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers
  • Begin to control oneself
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Identify some alphabet letters
  • Recognize some common sight words like "stop"
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball

If your child has acquired most of the skills on this checklist and will be at least five years old at the start of the summer before he or she starts kindergarten, he or she is probably ready for kindergarten. What teachers want to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn.

The above is from an article put out by the state of Michigan.  It gives you a good idea of what 5 year olds are like. Just good basic information! For a more detailed list, check out this website -  https://www.polk-fl.net/parents/preschool/documents/prekkindergartenreadinesschecklist.pdf

Just Right Book Suggestions
This resource guide provides a list of books for Guided Reading Levels A through R. Use this list to keep your child reading at home throughout the school year and summer months. At this age and stage it is important for your child to read independently, to read with you, and also for you to read aloud to your child. Easier books and Just Right Books are good reads for your child to read independently and with you. More challenging books would be good options for you to read to your child. Keep in mind that we strive towards fluency and comprehension as we read. So take time to make predictions, ask questions, make connections, visualize, and retell a story.

The books on this list were cross-referenced with our local public library so many of the titles should be available to you and your child at no cost. Many of the titles in this resource are fiction, but don’t hesitate to read non-fiction texts too.

Thank you for all you do to help your child grow as a reader!

Just Right Book Parent Guide

Mrs. Williams' Schedule
Miss Gore's Schedule