Kindergarten Preview provides insight into Immanuel-Batavia's program

  • Kindergartners Gabriel Diaz, Nolan Gunderson, A.J. Carstens, and Mitchell Lindborg attend Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia. The school will host a Kindergarten Preview on Sunday, May 19.

    Kindergartners Gabriel Diaz, Nolan Gunderson, A.J. Carstens, and Mitchell Lindborg attend Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia. The school will host a Kindergarten Preview on Sunday, May 19. Courtesy of Immanuel Lutheran School

 
Submitted by Lori Ward St. Vincent
Posted4/16/2019 8:26 PM

Immanuel Lutheran School's theme Bible verse is the well-known Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." It is interesting to note that the original Hebrew does not include an indication of "should," so a truer translation is, "Train up a child in his (or her) way, and when he is old he will not depart from it." This is also a truer description of the education offered by Immanuel Lutheran School.

Your family is invited to Kindergarten Preview from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, to see for yourself how Immanuel implements this belief.

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Children will have an opportunity to listen to one of Mo Willems' endearing pigeon stories, read by kindergarten teacher Lisa Dickenson and enjoy craft time based on the story. Meanwhile their parents will tour the school and participate in a Q&A session with a parent panel.

Parents will then rejoin their children for light refreshments. Those who have additional questions are invited to talk with the principal and admissions director at this time.

Immanuel Lutheran School believes that each child is a special gift from God, to be encouraged to develop socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and spiritually.

"Our goal is to accept and affirm each child's unique competence and provide appropriate activities that will challenge him/her to continued growth to reach his/her potential. As these truths are experienced, he/she grows in self-esteem, accepting God-given gifts and limitations. This becomes the foundation for learning, enabling the child to respond boldly and confidently as God's child and a lifelong learner," as stated in the school's mission statement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

This truth is demonstrated at Immanuel by providing the space, time, and opportunities to help kindergartners manage this important milestone: the first day of "real" school.

While the vast majority of these young students have attended preschool and participated in other child-centered programs, kindergarten is different. These children tend to make friendships more slowly, playing with more than one child at a time is still tricky, social skills are tested, and self-control can be tough when confronted by so many new rules and routines.

Paying attention to each child's gifts and challenges is vital to the development of students who love to learn for a lifetime. When you visit Immanuel you will see a spacious, contemporary campus with ample room for learning, indoor and outdoor play, classroom activities, and worship. The caring, experienced staff greet their students at the door and guide them to the activities best suited to acclimate them to the new school day.

There are a wide variety of family situations when it comes to where and how young children spend their days. The administration at Immanuel believes they have been able to meet each family's and each child's needs with their kindergarten and KindergartenALL early childhood education programs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Kindergarten meets 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. Monday to Friday, while KindergartenALL meets from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

During morning-only kindergarten pickup, students work on table activities, supervised by the classroom aide, while the teacher ensures each morning student has a peaceful dismissal. After lunch with the "big kids" (first and second grade) in the lunchroom, KindergartenALL students go back to the classroom for enrichment activities.

Each student receives the care and attention -- and classroom time -- best suited to his or her needs. Morning students receive the prescribed instruction to ensure readiness for first grade, but are not required to sit and engage when the day has gone beyond their ability to do so.

KindergartenALL students enjoy supplemental activities and instruction that meet their educational needs. As the school year progresses, parents of morning-only kindergarten students may (or may not) decide to add the afternoon KindergartenALL section to their child's educational plan.

This can be done at any of the three quarter breaks in October, January, or March.

Immanuel Lutheran School is currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year, and welcomes students of all races, creeds, national, and ethnic origins.

To learn more about Immanuel Lutheran School in general, or specifically the kindergarten/KindergartenALL program, contact Megan Popp, Community Connections Director, at (630) 406-0157 or mpopp@immanuelbatavia.org.

Visit www.ilsbatavia.org or www.facebook.com/Immanuelchurchandschool.

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