Trinity offers a lot for young children
By Mark Sherry
Children ages 3 to 5 enjoy activities at Fun Day held the first Wednesday of each month at Trinity Lutheran School in Kiel.
A preschooler hugs a special friend at Trinity Lutheran School.
Kindergarten students at Trinity Lutheran School in Kiel use tablet computers.

Trinity Lutheran School in Kiel makes learning fun for everyone, starting with the youngest of children who attend there.

As a matter of fact, the first introduction young children can have to Trinity Lutheran School is called Fun Day. It is a free program for children ages 3 to 5 who are not already enrolled at Trinity Preschool. The only other requirement is that the children are fully potty trained.

Fun Day meets once per month on the first Wednesday of each month from September through July. The session lasts from 1 to 3 p. m.

Fun Day is an introduction to Trinity Lutheran’s preschool program and is taught by the preschool teacher Jeannine Kreis. Children have an opportunity to socialize, learn a Bible lesson, make an art project, enjoy a snack, sing songs, and much more.

A Fun Day for youngsters

Fun Day is held in the preschool classroom at Trinity Lutheran, which is located at 387 Cemetery Rd. on Kiel’s southeast side. Weather permitting, some activities are held outside in the enclosed playground used for the little ones.

Upcoming dates for Fun Days are March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, and July 6. Children do not have to attend all the Fun Days but are welcome to be at as many as they can. About 10 children have currently been attending the Fun Days, but the school has seen as many as 16 in attendance.

Kiel area parents Ross and Daisy Sippel have had their children take part in Fun Day. They said, “Fun Day is an excellent opportunity for children to experience biblical teachings and interacting with other children of the same age in a small classroom atmosphere. We have been participating in Fun Day for the past 10 years and our children are always excited to go. The small classroom setting allows for the teaching staff to have more one-to-one interaction which we feel is monumental when it comes to the children’s introduction to school. We feel the teaching staff do an outstanding job of putting the ‘fun’ in Fun Day.”

Trinity Lutheran’s preschool has programs for two ages—3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. The 3-year-olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 to 11 a. m., while the 4-year-olds meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 11 a. m. There are presently seven 3-year-olds and 13 students who are 4 attending Trinity Lutheran.

Not just for Lutherans

It is important to note that with all Trinity Lutheran School grades and programs, a student/family does not have to be Lutheran or even of any faith to attend. Staff members will continue to provide faith-based education, however, as it aids parents in teaching children to know the Lord and trust His promises and His plan for salvation for all people. The students do go to chapel once per week, and other religious learning is mixed in with the regular curriculum as part of the loving Christian environment Trinity Lutheran School works to foster.

The preschool program looks to create the foundation on which all other learning will be built. The Christ-Light curriculum is used. It is a Christ-centered religion series which covers some of both the Old and New Testament stories.

The reading curriculum for the 4-year-old class is a reading readiness program which builds the foundation for the kindergarten curriculum.

In addition to the faith-based education, plenty of age-appropriate secular topics are taught in Trinity’s preschool program. In addition to some basic topics such as the alphabet, colors, numbers, and shapes, students also learn about magnets, fire prevention, dental health, manners, shadows, hibernation, recycling, and much more. Topics are learned about via books, singing songs, flannel boards, art projects, and finger plays.

Making use of technology

Despite being a relatively small parochial school in a small community, Trinity Lutheran has the latest technology to assist in the teaching of children. By next school year the preschoolers will be able to use an interactive Mimio, described as being “better than a smart board” as it can have multiple users at once. The Mimio will be located in the preschool room.

Parents Joe and Nicole Neils have had their children in Trinity’s preschool program. They said, “Trinity Lutheran preschool provides a Christian environment that encourages growth in all areas of development—spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical. The students engage in hands-on learning which encourages imagination, exploration, and creativity. The Bible-based learning allows staff to share God’s love with the children.”

Children who turn 5 by Sept. 1 can enter Trinity Lutheran’s kindergarten program, which has eight students in it this year. Kindergarten at Trinity Lutheran is a full day, every weekday program of learning and fun in a safe and loving Christian environment.

Throughout the school year, kindergarten students learn to read, write, tell time, and do some simple addition and subtraction. They also get to travel around the world (not literally, of course) by hopping on an “airplane” and traveling to different continents and learning interesting facts. The travels are complete with tickets, passports, and suitcases. In several places they visit they also have a celebration of some kind, such as a Japanese tea ceremony, learning to do a Spanish Flamenco dance, or experiencing a kindergarten-style bullfight. A travel book is kept by the students during the year as a memento.

Kindergarten curriculum

A reading series is used in kindergarten which builds on the knowledge gained in preschool. The series continues through second grade. The kindergarten also uses Kindergarten Writing Workshop, the Sparks Phy Ed curriculum, Houghton-Mifflin’s Math, Scott Foresman’s Language Arts and Science, and Northwestern Publishing’s Christ-Light Word of God series. A smart board is used in the kindergarten classroom and each student has access to iPads during the day.

“We chose to send our children to Trinity Lutheran School because we wanted them to have a faith-centered education that would build a strong foundation for how they will live their lives,” parents Scott and Kattie Huber said. “Additional blessings we have found at Trinity are their small class sizes, a variety of extracurricular activities, and many activities that allow us to be a part of our children’s education. Trinity Lutheran School is a continued blessing to our family.”

Principal Adam Glodowski encourages interested parents to simply call the school office at 894-3012 to set up a tour or visit and find out more about Trinity Lutheran’s early childhood programs. Adam Glodowski said, “I just love walking people throughout the school and sharing what we have to offer. I would love to have a conversation with anyone who is curious about our school. It’s a great opportunity to see if we are a good fit for your family or not.” People also can contact Adam

Glodowski at 894-3012, extension 103 or preschool director and kindergarten teacher Chris Leathers at extension 111 for more information.