Welcome to Kindergarten


Children should enjoy learning! Play is an important part of learning for children. It is my job to encourage them to strive to learn new things, to open the world a little wider for each child.

I expect children to do their best. I encourage independence which builds self esteem. I want them to enjoy the process of education, to want to know. I want them to feel good about the things they can do.

Reading in Kindergarten is encouraged, but not all children are ready. They will learn sight words and how to sound things out, but each child has their own pace and ability that must be respected. 

Pressuring children to perform should not be part of a child’s day. Life is too short to be stressed out at 5 or 6! However, urging children to try new things and take the next step should be.

I believe that children will meet your expectations, so I set them high – in behavior, in academics, in how we treat one another. Then, lovingly, guide them to the goals I’ve set.

I know I’ve met my personal goals as a teacher when children want to come to school, are eager to get in the door and talk about what happens here when they get home.

Above all, I want them to experience the love of Jesus throughout the day – to get to know Him as a personal friend and Savior.

- Kindergarten Teachers

Classroom News

Mrs. Peters

Hello! My name is Andrea Peters. I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at Immanuel Lutheran. I love using my time, talents and treasures that the Lord has blessed me with to teach children. I often refer to the “Fruit of the Spirit” found in Galatians 5:22- 23. My husband, Chris, and I have been members of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Armada and the Rock Church in Fair Haven, in which I was a volunteer for both church kids ministries. We are now members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

I have been teaching since 2012. I taught preschool and prekindergarten at Northbrook Academy in Macomb. God led me to Immanuel Lutheran in 2020, and I am extremely proud to become a part of the Immanuel family. My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This verse provides me with confidence and gratitude that God has my back! 🙂

My husband and I have two children, Peyton and Grace. Peyton is in 5th grade and Grace is in 1st grade here at Immanuel. My family brings me so much joy every day! We enjoy being outdoors- taking walks, playing at parks, riding bikes, and (especially) watching little league baseball games. We live in Armada and enjoy the small town feel of our hometown.

I am looking forward to a great school year!

Ms. Lanning

My name is Chantal Lanning and I am excited to be a part of the family at Immanuel!

I currently live in Shelby Township with my two children, Cameron (21) and Caitlyn (19). I grew up in this area attending St. Luke, Clinton Township and Lutheran High School North. My family lives nearby and I feel blessed to be so close to them now.

I went on to attend Concordia University, River Forest (Chicago). I graduated in 1993 and later received my masters from Eastern Michigan University. My first call was to teach second grade at Redeemer Lutheran School in Stuart, Florida. After two years, I returned to Michigan to teach second grade at St. John, Rochester. That was followed by teaching first grade and then third grade at St. Paul, Flint, and finally teaching third grade at Peace, Shelby Township. I have taught for 28 years.

I love teaching and can truly not imagine myself in any other occupation. I love to see the eager faces of the children as we learn new things. I love to build relationships with my students, to laugh, and to have fun learning. Most of all, I love that I can share about the love of Jesus each and every day with my students.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, crafting, watching Netflix, and spending as much time possible with family.

KL Weekly Newsletter

Teacher Assistants

Mrs. Dancey

My name is Karen Dancey and I have enjoyed being an Immanuel parent for the past 15 years.

My devoted husband, Lee, and I are savoring these precious days of raising our 16, 19, and 22-year-old sons.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education, volunteer in children’s and women’s ministries, and am part of Michigan Christian Women Speakers. I love to read, write, and share about God’s faithfulness in my life. Over the past several years, I have worked with boys and girls in a variety of settings and am thrilled to get to serve at Immanuel both inside and outside of the classroom.

Mrs. Gittler

I am Brenda Gittler, my husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary earlier this year. We have 5 children ages 6-26.

We were introduced to Immanuel about 7 years ago and loved the care shown to the students and families, I am so happy to be able to be a part of it! In my free time I love to read, spend time with family and friends, and cook and bake in the kitchen.



Field Trips
Kindergarten Snack List



Religion – Bible stories are taught as well as real-life application to the child’s daily life. Prayers, songs and worship are included throughout the day. An awareness of God and His impact on their lives is stressed in every curriculum area.

Math – Sorting and classifying, patterns, number and shape recognition, beginning addition and subtraction are taught through hands-on play as well as paper and pencil later in the year. Emphasis is on understanding concepts rather than rote memorization.

Language Arts

Reading – Phonemic awareness as well as phonics are emphasized. Recognition of basic sights words as well as forming and sounding out words help children to prepare to become readers. Rhyming and word play as well as concepts of print prepare the child to understand the written word. A wide variety of readings experiences are offered.

English – Taught in connection with reading and concepts of print. This includes a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, names, etc.; as well as proper use of punctuation.

Spelling – Also taught in conjunction with reading. Children learn to relate letters and sounds to each other and the formation of words.

Handwriting – Proper formation of manuscript upper and lowercase alphabet as well as numbers is emphasized. Proper pencil grip and paper placement are taught as well as writing on lines.

Creative Writing – Shared writing as well as dictation is used to help the child learn that the spoken word can be written down. Children are encouraged to write on their own, using phonetic spelling as well as memorized words.

Social Studies- Topics include community helpers (fire safety, stranger awareness, public safety) and Holidays (Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Pilgrims/Indians, St. Patrick’s Day, etc).

Science- Topics include weather, plants, forces, matter, life cycles, proper nutrition and proper care of their body.

Physical Education – Basic large motor skills are encouraged through practice and games. Sportsmanship and working together are emphasized.

Current Events – Discussed as appropriate to children – ages 5-6.

Computer – Computer time focuses on ability to use mouse and keyboard effectively. Much effort is made to focus student attention and enable their ability to follow step-by-step instruction. Software programs include JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten Network, KidPix Deluxe and Type to Learn Jr.

Music – Songs are taught for worship and fun. Actions are often included.

Art – Activities that tie into the weekly theme are included to allow the children to experience learning in a creative way. Proper use of glue, scissors, crayons, markers, etc. are also taught.

Kindergarten Readiness
The following checklist is not intended as information to help you determine if your child is ready for Kindergarten. The parent is usually the one who knows if their child is ready or not. However, the opinion of their current teacher and others who know the child well can be invaluable. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s readiness, please feel free to talk with Mrs. Peters, Ms. Lanning, or any of the preschool teachers about your child.
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

by Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.

While there’s no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.

Check the skills your child has mastered. Then recheck every month to see what additional skills your child can accomplish easily.

Young children change so fast — if they can’t do something this week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later.

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers
  • Begin to control oneself
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Identify some alphabet letters
  • Recognize some common sight words like “stop”
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball

If your child has acquired most of the skills on this checklist and will be at least five years old at the start of the summer before he or she starts kindergarten, he or she is probably ready for kindergarten. What teachers want to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn.


Just Right Book Suggestions

This resource guide provides a list of books for Guided Reading Levels A through R. Use this list to keep your child reading at home throughout the school year and summer months. At this age and stage it is important for your child to read independently, to read with you, and also for you to read aloud to your child. Easier books and Just Right Books are good reads for your child to read independently and with you. More challenging books would be good options for you to read to your child. Keep in mind that we strive towards fluency and comprehension as we read. So take time to make predictions, ask questions, make connections, visualize, and retell a story.

The books on this list were cross-referenced with our local public library so many of the titles should be available to you and your child at no cost. Many of the titles in this resource are fiction, but don?t hesitate to read non-fiction texts too.

Thank you for all you do to help your child grow as a reader!

Just Right Book Parent Guide

Ms. Lanning's Schedule
Mrs. Peters' Schedule