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Teacher: Mrs. Zonna Heck is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction from Concordia. She is a proud graduate of St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Big Rapids High School as well. She started her teaching career in Illinois teaching first grade for more than 6 years. She has been teaching Kindergarten at St. Peter’s since 1988. Mrs. Heck has two grown children. When she isn’t busy with Kindergarten kids and school events, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and cheering for the Detroit Tigers.

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St. Peter’s Lutheran School offers the choice of full-day or half-day kindergarten. Since small class size offers more time for individual instruction, we limit the size of our kindergarten class. Our goal is to help the child develop in all areas of their lives.

The kindergarten curriculum is not divided into discrete subjects with time allotted for each. Your children can learn reading as they discover information about math or science; they can learn writing when they work on social studies or art projects. The use of themes is helpful in providing an integral curriculum appropriate for young children.

The kindergarten religion program is based on the CPH voyages curriculum. Students worship God by praying and singing. Through Old and New Testament Bible stories, the children hear about God’s promises for His people in the past and about His willingness to act on behalf of His people today. Kindergartners also learn weekly Bible verses that pertain to each week’s lesson.

Language Arts and Reading
Kindergartners are provided with experiences for oral and written language. Oral language experiences are provided throughout the school day. The teacher engages children in conversations about real experiences, current events, and projects. Children are given opportunities to talk with other children and to speak to the whole class. Many listening activities such as following directions and taking turns in discussion are also part of the daily routine.

Kindergartners are exposed to a language rich environment that guides them into understanding that written words have meaning. They become familiar with capital and lowercase letters and how they are written. They learn the sounds of the letters and how to put them together to make words. They are given opportunities to recognize words that have meanings to them such as, their own names, their friends’ names, items labeled in the classroom, words related to the concepts they are learning, and other common words or phrases. Children are given tools for expressing themselves through drawing, copying, and using their own “invented” spelling. Children also dictate real experiences and stories to the teacher.

Math concepts are taught through calendar and small group activities. The children participate in hands-on activities that involve number concepts, counting skills, patterning, sorting, numeral recognition, estimating, graphing, measuring, and spatial concepts.

Children in kindergarten learn scientific concepts through real experiences.

Social Studies
Kindergarten students learn about themselves, their families and the world around them.

Children are encouraged to create their own unique works of art through experiences with colors, lines, shapes, patterns, textures and designs. They have opportunities to work with pencils, crayons, markers, paints, tissue paper, construction paper, scissors, glue and other art supplies.

Physical Education
In kindergarten, the students begin learning general movement concepts such as rhythmic patterns, tumbling/gymnastic skills, and body and space awareness, while also learning the general forms of locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills. They practice these skills by applying them to simple drills and games that also encourage teamwork and cooperation.

Kindergartners participate in a variety of musical experiences including group singing, rhythm, movement activities, and listening. They perform on stage in our Spring Musical.

Kindergartners are introduced to computer use. Opportunities are given to develop mouse coordination, and learn basic menu functions. Students are given instruction in a lab setting. Computers in the classroom offer reinforcement opportunities in the areas of reading and math.