What we're reading (December edition)...

2017 may be coming to a close, but we have one final segment in our "What we're reading..." series before we break for the Christmas holiday. We do hope that you've been enjoying this feature and found some of the articles interesting, inspiring, intriguing or otherwise thought-provoking. 

Please keep sharing news and articles of interest with us as well! We love reading interesting article, blog post or websites that you've enjoyed, and we are always adding to our own reading lists. Those may always be shared in the comments section or emailed to us any time.

Meet Us Monday: Miss Carissa Davis, Upper School Lead Teacher

It is time for our final "Meet Us Mondays" feature before the Christmas break!
This week, our series continues with our wonderful Upper School Lead Teacher, Miss Carissa Davis. In addition to serving as our Upper School Lead Teacher, Miss Davis teachers literature, art and logic to our upper grade students.

Please stay tuned in January as our series continues with more of our outstanding faculty members! Enjoy!

Meet Us Monday: Miss Kirstin Reistad, 1st Grade Teacher

Our "Meet Us Mondays" series continues this week with another member of our excellent ILS Lower School team, our 1st grade teacher, Miss Kirstin Reistad. We hope that you enjoyed this feature and opportunity to better know the wonderful faculty members who love teaching and learning with our students each day. Enjoy!

Meet Us Monday: Pastor Christopher Esget, ILS Superintendent

We invite you to better know our excellent teachers and staff with our "Meet Us Mondays" series each week here on the ILS blog. This week we introduce our ILS Superintendent, Pastor Christopher Esget. Pastor Esget also teacher our 7th and 8th grade Theology classes, and loves spending time with all of our students during weekly Chapel services and "Ask the Pastor" classroom visits! Enjoy!

Meet Us Monday: Miss Rebekah Reistad, 2nd Grade Teacher

We are so very blessed to have such excellent teachers here at ILS! They love our kids and they love teaching and learning, and we very much hope you enjoy our "Meet Us Mondays" series where we give our families a chance to better know each member of our team. This week we are highlighting another member of our outstanding ILS Lower School team, our 2nd grade teacher, Miss Rebekah Reistad. Enjoy!

Meet Us Monday: Miss Grace Link, Kindergarten Teacher

We love our outstanding faculty here at ILS, and we hope you enjoy this series every week on the blog as we give you the chance to better know our teachers and staff with our "Meet Us Mondays" feature. This week we are highlighting another new member of our excellent ILS Lower School team, our Kindergarten teacher, Miss Grace Link. Enjoy!

What we're reading (November edition)...

Each month, we are sharing a glimpse at "What we're reading..." This ILS blog features a variety of news articles, blog posts, or other websites that have caught the eye and the attention of our faculty recently. Covering a range of different topics in each post, we hope that you might also find these pieces interesting, intriguing or inspiring. 

What has captured your imagination or caught your attention lately? If you have found an interesting article, blog post or website lately, we would love to add that to our personal reading list. Please share in the comments section or email us any time.

Classroom Sneak Peek: 8th Grade Literature, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; an Analysis of the Allegories

As a literature teacher, one of the best things that can happen in a class is for students to be so intrigued by a theme or idea that they explore it on their own. This year in 8th grade literature, the students were particularly struck by the Biblical parallels between Narnia and the Bible. Students spent multiple class periods arguing the possible allegories, pushing past the more obvious connections to tease out possible less-apparent similarities. As a final project, students compiled their observations in an essay, complete with a cover illustration. Ella presented thoughtful comparisons in a clear, organized way. She restricted herself to analyzing a few of the most striking characters and included good support from the Bible. I was particularly intrigued by Ella's "weak" parallels; she makes some connections which I've never considered. Not only did Ella present good content, but she demonstrated a strong grasp of form and structure. She employed an introduction with a clear thesis, made use of topic sentences, wrote a satisfying conclusion, and meticulously documented her references.  ~ Miss Carissa Davis, Upper School Literature

Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Anastasia Krumwiede, 3rd Grade Teacher

We love our outstanding faculty, and we hope you enjoy this series every week on the ILS blog as we introduce our teachers and staff with our "Meet Us Mondays" feature. This week we are highlighting another member of our excellent ILS Lower School team, our 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Anastasia Krumwiede. Enjoy!

Classroom Sneak Peek: 4th Grade Fables

One of my personal favorite curricular series is the fourth grade writing workbook: Writing and Rhetoric, Fables by Classical Academy Press. Not only are students exposed to short stories that include a beginning, middle, and end with conflict resolution, but they are taught how to write by parodying and then recreating. In one particular assignment, students were asked to amplify an uninteresting fable by adding details. I was impressed with Jessica's fable because of her rich descriptions! One of my favorite lines in her story was "in angry despair, she kicked a pebble which landed neatly at the bottom of the pitcher." I found myself imagining the scene with ease and clarity. Thank you, Jessica, for writing such a winsome tale.  - Miss Leithart, 4th Grade Teacher