Our New Library: Preparing for Reading


One of our top priorities at Eastside Christian School (ECS) is to help children learn how to read and enhance their verbal fluency and vocabulary. This is a focus area for our kindergarten, first, and second grades (K-2). Our teachers firmly believe that reading readiness begins at home. Parents who surround their children with age-appropriate books and, even more importantly, read to and with their children instill an interest in books that grows into a passion as children learn to read books for themselves and share insights and ask questions of family members. As described in a recent editorial in The [...]

Our New Library: Preparing for Reading2018-09-17T13:14:53-07:00

Staff Devotions: Trials


The ECS staff gathers every morning for a staff-led devotional and prayer. The following was shared by 2nd grade teacher Carole Bell this week. We hope it is an encouragement for you!   PEANUTS(c) by Charles Schulz Most of us have heard the saying: “You are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or soon to enter one.” Yes, life is full of trials or tests.  These trials or tests come in various forms:  loss of a love one or loss of a job, health concerns, relationship struggles in marriage, singleness, parenting, friendships, or partnerships, frustrations or [...]

Staff Devotions: Trials2018-02-01T10:50:14-08:00

5th Grade: Biological Sciences


Anatomy, a field in the biological sciences, is concerned with the identification and description of the body structures of living things. Physiology, a related biological field, is concerned with the functions of these living organisms and their parts. Our 5th grade students spent several days this year studying both anatomy and physiology of the human body. Working as teams, they learned more about some of the body’s major systems, including: Digestive Nervous Cardiovascular Musculo-skeletal Respiratory Each team created a 10-15 minute presentation to share in front of their peers and parents. Students donned their white “ECS Hospital” lab coats and presented [...]

5th Grade: Biological Sciences2018-01-02T13:52:23-08:00

Preschool Traditions: Pumpkin Patch


Our preschool traditions are so important, and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch every fall is no exception!  Read on to hear about the experience from one of our preschool parents, Stephanie Hui: "It was a crisp, sunny morning on Tuesday October 24th and kids were excited. It was the first field trip - to Fox Hollow Farm - for Mrs Rebecca, Mrs Becky/Mrs Amy and Mrs Brooke’s half-day preschool classes. Kids and parents arrived by 9:45am and were greeted by free roaming chickens walking past our legs. We enjoyed exploring the farm, which was decked out in glorious fall decor. [...]

Preschool Traditions: Pumpkin Patch2017-11-06T08:37:54-08:00

First Grade: Reading for Life, with Mrs. Karkainen


Eastside Christian School students consistently demonstrate reading test scores (along with math scores) well above the state and local district levels. One of the reasons for this is the differentiated instruction that our teachers use, beginning in the earliest grades. Additionally, our First Grade teachers use reading curriculum from A Beka Books, which ensures that students are taught new material along with a daily review of previously-taught materials. Our first grade students spend time learning: · phonics (correlating sounds with individual letters or groups of letters) · rhyming words (and their related spelling patterns) · punctuation and capitalization · root words, [...]

First Grade: Reading for Life, with Mrs. Karkainen2017-10-27T11:47:49-07:00

Biblical Allegories in “A Christmas Carol” – Mr. Mike Brown


Written by ECS English and History Teacher, Mike Brown. As a child, my favorite Christmas programs included, A Charlie Brown Christmas (though we are not related), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol. As an adult, The Muppet Christmas Carol replaced the Magoo cartoon as my preferred version of Dickens' famous tale. In what has become a biennial tradition, our 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts classes recently kicked off the Christmas season by watching the superb play, A Christmas Carol, at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. In addition to greatly entertaining the students and adults who [...]

Biblical Allegories in “A Christmas Carol” – Mr. Mike Brown2016-12-16T21:26:55-08:00
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