Sue Visser didn’t expect to spend her days teaching some of the littlest learners at Shoreline Christian School. But after a time, God revealed better plans that utilized her in developing the minds and hearts of kindergartners. Through those experiences, Mrs. Visser developed her own vision for her kindergarten classroom:
I believe God planned for me to teach Kindergarten. He did allow me to pursue my own career goal of being a reading specialist, but he knew my real place is in a Kindergarten classroom. Teaching Kindergartners allows me to share my passion for learning with children who are joyful and enthusiastic. They delight in God’s creation!
I want my students to know that God knows them, loves them, and cares for them. They are made in His image and are very special. Along with their parents, my goal is to help them unwrap the gifts and talents God has given them and to challenge them to use their gifts to serve him.
Creating a warm and inviting learning environment is an important part of Kindergarten. We are a community of learners, working and playing together with kindness and respect. We practice the love of Jesus with our words and actions. And since all of us make mistakes, we practice grace and forgiveness, just like Jesus offers us.
The Kindergarten curriculum celebrates all aspects of God’s creation—letters, numbers, our bodies, and even spiders. Specific learning goals provide the foundation and direction for lessons and activities. Challenging concepts and skills are presented, but in an age-appropriate way. They see, hear, feel, touch, and sometimes taste the curriculum. Time and space are given so that learning is always a journey and never a race.