Students in kindergarten receive a Christ-centered education. With an emphasis on academic and spiritual development, our curriculum encourages students to mature in their relationship with Jesus and to attain the academics needed for elementary success. Together, with the family, we prepare our students for success in the classroom and beyond by encouraging a deep understanding of God’s great love for them.
Each day includes sharing our love for the Lord through Bible stories, prayer, music, and devotions.
Religion- Concordia Publishing House’s One in Christ curriculum is used to explore God’s Word. Students learn about sin, forgiveness, and grace while focusing on the actions of God on behalf of his people. The curriculum centers on Christ so that students will have optimal opportunities to grow in their faith and Christian lives.
English Language Arts- The Literacy by Design curriculum provides instruction in reading and writing. The strategic design of the program ensures success for every student by teaching grade-level skills along with developmental skills. Reading and writing components follow the same instructional path to ensure consistency. Utilizing the reciprocal relationship between reading and writing gives students enhanced opportunities to practice and strengthen skills in multiple contexts. With teacher approval, students who are reading at the 1.0 reading level or higher may use the Accelerated Reader program which provides individualized reading goals.
Mathematics- Students use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s GO Math! which offers an engaging and interactive approach. Its seamless digital path and write-in student edition ensure that students can access content at appropriate levels of depth and rigor.
Science- The Battle Creek Science curriculum encourages students to engage in physical science, life science, earth science, and inquiry and technology. Students carry out investigations, talk and write about their observations and emerging understandings, and discuss ways to test them.
Social studies- TCI’s curriculum My School and Family introduces the structures of schools and families.
Technology- With teacher supervision, kindergarten students have access to two tablets that are used primarily for intervention, meeting the needs of children in a variety of ways.
Spanish- Students use a variety of materials to speak, listen, write, and read in Spanish as well as to learn to appreciate Hispanic culture.
Physical Education- Full-day kindergarten students practice fine and gross motor skills and coordination skills. Students are given basic instruction in lifetime sports. Fitness is emphasized with age-appropriate activities.
Art- Full-day kindergarten students use a variety of art media and techniques to explore the concepts of color, line, shape, texture, pattern, and design. They build off of these concepts each year through realistic and abstract art. Art projects are inspired by the masters, art found in our world, picture books, and their own imaginations. Student masterpieces are displayed in our spring Music and Art Fair.
Music- At SOTL we strive to instill love and appreciation for all types of music. Students grow their God-given abilities and talents through music. Students then share their gifts with others and in praise to our Savior. Students sing periodically in worship services, in a Wednesday evening Christmas service in mid December, and in our spring Music and Art Fair.
Students also attend library and chapel each week. Technology is available to enhance and support concepts. Field trips are used to enrich and support curriculum. Some special education services are available.
Students must be 5 by September 1 to enter kindergarten. Parents may seek principal permission for their child to begin school earlier if it is in the child’s best interests. Kindergarten students may be evaluated for their readiness before their admission is official.
All students must have a valid birth certificate, proof of immunization or an immunization waiver, and a physical prior to attending school.
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School offers both a half-day and full-day kindergarten. Kindergarten doors open at 8:35am; class begins at 8:45am.
Half-day students are released at noon. There are limited half-day kindergarten spots. Students enrolled in the half-day kindergarten program have the opportunity to transition to the full-day program at the end of each quarter.
Full-day students are released at 3:50pm. Full-day students will experience additional opportunities for enrichment, reinforcement, and creative expression in addition to core curriculum subjects. Additionally, full-day students attend art and physical education class.
Before and after school extended care is available.