The goal at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran Kindergarten is to promote the development of the whole child, focusing on cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Each child will be provided with a variety of concrete and hands on, integrated learning experiences. Young children learn while at play and learn best by being directly involved in the learning process. The teacher will understand that each child has his or her own developmental stage, learning style and cultural background. Instruction is designed to build upon this diversity, while developing each child to his or her fullest potential.
MRS. RACHEL SYMMANK
Mrs. Rachel Symmank has been teaching at TLO for 9 years. Before accepting God's call to serve at TLO, she taught in parochial schools in Nebraska and Kansas, teaching children from preschool through middle school. She has also served as Director of Early Childhood. For ten years, Mrs. Symmank was a Parent Educator in the national Parents as Teachers program. She is an educator who loves to teach children about God’s amazingly complex and organized world. Mrs. Symmank enjoys fostering a love of life-long learning in her students.
Years of experience: 16
Education: BS in Elementary Education - Concordia Univ., Nebraska
All School Field Day
Lutheran Schools Week
Small Business Day
The children will be a part of engaging, creative lessons all grounded in the rich biblical teaching and faithful doctrine that forms students in their Christian faith and prepares them for life in this world – a life looking forward to eternal life in heaven with their Lord. Every other year, students study the Peacemakers curriculum, based off of the conflict resolution concepts presented in Matthew 14.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Learning to read and write is a natural process of language development. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are related processes complementing one another. Listening to stories and poems enhances language development. Continued exposure to words in print daily stimulates children to observe and learn about written and spoken language.
Children are naturally curious about their surroundings. The methods of science create a natural way for children to learn through exploration. Specific science topics are studied in correlation with the curriculum themes.
Children develop the ability to understand mathematical relationships through concrete experiences. Each child will have opportunities to explore and discover mathematical concepts.
As children develop an awareness of self, they become more aware of how people work together in their community. Social Studies topics are also studied in correlation with the curriculum themes.
The Kindergarten and first grade classes combine for two 30 minute classes each week. Class time focuses primarily on the enjoyment of music and understanding how to use our bodies to create it. Throughout the year, students learn through listening, echoing, solfege, movement, pitch matching, simple instruments, notation, and playing of rhythms. All students in this choir participate be singing in worship services, the Christmas Concert, biannual musicals, and the Spring Concert.
Physical Education is five days a week! Students experience a wide variety of activities. Each month there is an emphasis on a particular activity. Students spend time on skills which relate to the emphasis. Activities include movement themes, manipulative skills (bean bags, beach balls, balloons, etc), rope jumping (individual skills, partner skills, long rope skills), tumbling, stunts and combatives, rhythmic movement and dance, parachute, bowling, relays and games, additional manipulative skills (scoops and balls, hoops, wands, paddles, flying discs), Tee ball, scooters, apparatus (playground equipment), and health related fitness.
The church and school own a parcel of land next to the playground that has been designated by Minnesota's DNR (Department of Natural Resources) as a School Forest. Students use the space in every season for any subject area. In any given week, one might find pre-algebra students using proportions to measure tree height, first graders examining and identifying leaves, fourth graders writing creatively about the sounds of autumn, or eighth graders conducting biological plot studies. Chapel services are also conducted in the forest in the worship area created by a student as an Eagle Scout project.
Children are encouraged to create their own unique works of art through experiences with colors, lines, shapes, patterns, textures and designs.