It’s time for our last “Walk-in-Wednesday” feature of the calendar year before we take off the next two weeks for our Christmas break!
Each Wednesday when we are in school, we have been sharing a sneak peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when walking into our classrooms. This week our “Walk-in-Wednesday” series is from our 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Anastasia Krumwiede. She shares a bit of insight into the special community formed by our 2nd and 3rd grade students as they share some time together each day.
Join us each week when we are in school for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see our students and teachers in action and experience a classical, Christian education at Immanuel. Stepping through our red doors, you will be welcomed by the joyful sounds of learning, from poems and jingles in the lower grades, to great discussions of literature or theology in our older grades. Throughout our building, the wonderful sights and sounds of students and teachers engaged in active learning can be witnessed in person, but if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit us, or you would simply like to get more of a feel for the learning in our different grades, we are now offering a weekly glimpse into our classes here on the ILS Blog.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our blog series (or for an in-person visit!) again in January!
New Favorite Thing: Being in the Basement!
Mrs. Stegman, our ILS second grader teacher, and I put our heads together this summer and decided to create a community for second and third grades together in the basement classrooms. One thing we added into our schedules this year is a special memory time at the end of the day in the basement foyer. If someone stumbled upon our little gathering, they would see and hear this:
The third graders and second graders greet each other, “Good afternoon!” and we continue with memory practice. They repeat the memory after the teacher sometimes once or twice depending upon the level of gusto of the students. We usually practice the memory in a way that is exciting or interesting by adding hand motions or cadences to the memory verse and Catechism lesson. The students join together in singing the hymn of the year and finally the Doxology. It’s a peaceful way to end each day. Mrs. Stegman and I are excited to cook up some new activities that incorporate our two basement classrooms. Hurray for the basement!