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Kindergarten
Ms. Scheery Goekler
Ms. Goekler
Our Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Scheery Goekler, came to Messiah in 2007. She has been involved in education for more than twenty years. Prior to coming to our school, Ms. Goekler taught in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Salina, Kansas.

Ms. Goekler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and also holds a Master Degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She completed the Lutheran Colloquy (Minister of Religion) program through Concordia University in 2009.

Ms. Goekler has two grown children, Alicia and Ryan. She enjoys spending time with her three beautiful and rambunctious grandsons Isaac, Caden, and Canyon.

Kindergarten Overview

Just about every American child goes to Kindergarten, but the Kindergarten experience varies from child to child. At Messiah Lutheran School, we recognize the importance of this year in setting the tone for a child’s outlook on learning for his/her entire life. Our focus is the development of the whole child in a nurturing, Christian environment.

Messiah’s Kindergarten is a full day program. We feel that it is important for children to be exposed to many types of positive educational experiences so that they develop a positive attitude toward learning. Students enjoy hands-on explorations, team-building activities, independent learning centers, and whole-group learning. MLS meets or exceeds the Oklahoma PASS skills, and the 20 curriculum guidelines outlined by NAEYC. Messiah stresses Christian standards regarding ethical and moral decisions.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Complete all application forms

2. Submit proof of immunization and copy of birth certificate

3. Developmental assessment will be done on-site (Gesell)

4. Student must be 5 years old before Sept.1

PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION
The teacher visits with each student before the first day of class. This is a wonderful opportunity to foster better communication and build an understanding to begin the school year together. In addition to the two required conferences, the teacher is also available to conference throughout the year at the parent’s request. A weekly newsletter goes home letting parents know what the topic of study is and helping them gain a better understanding of daily life in the classroom. It also encourages parents to work on specific skills. Each teacher has Internet access in the classroom and e-mail is a great way to keep in touch regarding each child’s specific needs.

THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
MLS takes into account National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines regarding the environment of a developmentally appropriate early childhood classroom. Since students learn best through active learning, the environment will have learning centers for the students to explore through hands-on learning. We also stress Christian standards regarding ethical and moral decisions.

READING
We recognize that a balanced reading program, one that incorporates phonological awareness, phonics, sight words, and whole language, is most effective in providing long-term learning success. Children review the alphabet, letter sounds, and basic sight words. Our reading program exposes children to quality literature that includes both fiction and non-fiction.

WRITING
Students are encouraged to put thoughts and words into pictures. By writing each day, they learn to form thoughts, sentences, and even stories. Students are taught correct pencil grip, letter, and number formation. Traditional manuscript writing is taught.

MATH
Students learn numbers and math concepts through hands-on, everyday experience. We use a number of sources for math instructions including the NAEYC’s 20 curriculum guidelines, which utilizes a variety of materials that encourage hands-on exploration and discovery. Students are taught basic addition and subtraction, money, measurement, beginning geometry, pre algebra, time, logic and problem-solving concepts as well as higher critical thinking skills.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We believe that social studies are best learned through involvement in the community. Through field trips, speakers, and classroom experiences students learn about school, our community, people and places of the past and present.

SCIENCE
is integrated in the curriculum by gathering information, making predications, conducting simple experiments and going on field trips. Science is taught as a balance between science concepts and hands-on activities. In kindergarten we focus on physics, chemistry, and biology.

BIBLE
Kindergarten students learn Bible stories and apply the teachings to their daily lives. Their spiritual development is an important part of the Voyages: Exploring God’s Word curriculum. Each Wednesday the school attends chapel and each day the class has a Bible lesson. Prayers are said throughout the day, including, but not limited to: morning assembly, before snack and lunch, during Jesus Time, and at the end of the day. Also, teachers intertwine moral values and Christian nurturing throughout the day in the classroom.



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