Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church and School’s commitment to education is built on the belief that the school is an essential part of carrying out God’s Command to give children a Christ-centered and comprehensive education.
Christ-centered bible based program. In all classrooms each day includes sharing our love for the Lord through Bible stories, music, devotions and encouraging loving kindness towards one another. We strive to show our students how Jesus is speaking to them personally through Scripture, and how they can apply these lessons to their own life. Christian faith instruction resource materials include; The Student Bible, New International Version published by Zondervan. Faith Alive Childrens’ Bible and Voyages, both published by Concordia Publishing House. Supplemental materials include, One Hundred Bible Stories published by Concordia Publishing House.
Preschool children are introduced to “The Letter People” to teach alphabet along with their sounds. The elementary classes utilize Saxon Phonics and Spelling with upper elementary students studying from Everyday Spelling by Scott Foresman and Addison Wesley and Phonics by Modern Curriculum Press. Supplemental materials include World Explorations.
Reading is shared daily in our preschool classes. Our preschoolers enjoy their own audio library with take home privileges. Elementary students use McGraw-Hill Reading, Open Court and Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop. Supplemental materials include Accelerated Reader, an individualized computer based comprehension building program and Rigby PM, leveled readers.
The Shurley Method is used throughout the elementary grades.
Beginning math concepts are introduced and developed using the hands-on Saxon Math program from preschool throughout elementary. Upper elementary grades extend into Math Explorations, Technology and Centers.
The curriculum used is McGraw Hill-National Geographic Society. Communities are studied from basic to complex, namely family, where we live, neighborhood, region (past and present) and other cultures.
The Concordia curriculum followed. The direction of this curriculum is to connect everything with God, starting with creation and then examining the marvels of His creation by studying the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, God’s earth and related matters.
The elementary theme-based curriculum, published by Santillana (a company in Spain), develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will use culture and context to develop language.