Elementary (Grades 1-6)

ESCHEL’s program for elementary students is not a cafeteria-style program. Our younger students benefit from participating in all courses for their grade level, allowing for a consistent student population in a classroom atmosphere.

Elementary Writing

1st-6th grade tutor: Mrs. Nancy Harris

Beginning Creative Writing 1-2

Fee: $130/yr

Beginning Creative Writing strives to help students learn to express themselves. Younger students work on writing strong sentences, using descriptive words, exploring creativity and having fun with writing. During these pre- and early writing stages, the assignments are intended to encourage and help develop confidence and enjoyment in the students. Through reading poetry and excellent children’s literature in class, they will be inspired in their own writing. I know not every student is a natural writer, but I believe communication through writing is powerful and worth developing.

Refund Policy: No refunds given.


Growing with Creative Writing 3-4

Fee: $150/yr

Growing with Creative Writing strives to increase confidence and skill in writing. We will use some elements of IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) with a variety of creative assignments. Reading short portions of exemplary writing together will develop a taste for excellent literature. Additionally, we will write a research paper and will have a short story project in the spring. Throughout these assignments, the students will be encouraged, challenged and encouraged some more! Each child has something valuable to write and in this class and I endeavor to draw that out.

Refund policy:  No refunds given.

Maturing with Creative Writing 5-6

Fee: $200/yr

In Maturing with Creative Writing, students will grow in the various stages of writing: brainstorming, craft, and revision. Weekly assignments will be given to work through those stages.  The students will continue to be encouraged in grasping and learning the importance of creativity and the value of grammar. There will be new and reviewed skills, including concepts taught by the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). We will learn how to write the foundational 5 paragraph essay, write a research paper and we will have a short story project which will culminate with an Author Day in the spring. These maturing writers will be asked to begin and keep a “Writer’s Notebook” that will encourage them to notice their world around them and to write their thoughts about it.

Refund Policy: No refunds given.

Exploring Art

Tutor:  Mrs. Andrea Nehring

Grades 1-6

Fee: $160/yr

Join me for an exciting journey through Art History! This year we will start at the 1800s, looking at Romanticism through late 20th century Pop Art. As we read and learn about these periods, we will also do our own interesting interpretations of the art we study. So, we look at pictures, read stories, listen to period music, and create our own period art. We are sure to have a marvelous time learning together.

Refund Policy: No refunds given.

Physical Education

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss

Grades 1-6

Fee: $80/yr

Athletics and competition can be one of the toughest arenas to exhibit Godly character. At the same time it is a stage in which others do notice character that is outstanding. Physical Education classes at ESCHEL are designed for activity, competition, teamwork, cooperation, personal achievement and encouragement. Each class will focus on warm-up, stretching and strength activities, a sport or game and the skills required to perform, as well as character lessons to help live out Godly character.

Refund Policy: Refund to be given only in circumstances that are unpredictable or deemed by this tutor.

Afternoon optional classes for elementary students:

Elementary Drama – Semester class  1:30-2:30pm

Tutor: Andrea Nehring

Fee: $80/semester

Elementary Drama is an exciting, interactive, class that introduces students to the very basic concepts of acting. Using games and engaging activities, we will explore our senses, pantomime, listening, vocal control, and so much more. At the end of the class we will perform a fun skit showcasing the skills we learned.


Week 1 – What is Theater? Observation

Week 2 & 3 – Creating an Ensemble

Week 4 & 5 – Movement and Space

Week 6 & 7 – Where? Environment

Week 8 & 9 – Who? Character Development

Week 10 – Why? Objectives and Tactics

Week 11 – Focus and Concentration

Week 12  & 13 – Utilizing Voice

Week 14 – Listening and Reacting

Week 15 – Performance

Elementary Chinese – Full Year  1:30-2:30pm

Tutor: Ally Mattson (Caiying Cheng)

Fee: $150/yr

9/13 Who am I? God create me, God create you.  Verse: Genesis 1:1
9/20 My family, Your family
9/27 My hobby, your hobby Colors, I do not like. Verse: 1 Timothy 4:4a
10/11 Holidays. I like, My mother likes, Your brother likes. Verse: Psalm24:1a
10/18 Food(taste)  Verse: Psalm 139:14a
10/25 Woman, female with the written Chinese ‘女’ ‘禁’ Review with role play.
11/8 Boat船, create造 Review.  Verse: Proverbs 3:12a
11/15 Satan 魔鬼 tower塔 Review.  Verse: Hebrews 12:10b
11/22 God 上帝, Beijing’s Temple of Heaven. Review.  Verse: Proverbs 29:25b
11/29 Blessing 福 Terracotta Warriors 兵马俑  Verse: Philippians 4:13
12/6 Conferences – no class
1/10 Snow, cold, hot, I like, snowflake song
1/17 Coat, hat, clothe, handkerchief, I wear, handkerchief Song
1/24 Bird, butterfly, dragonfly, Bird Song  Verse: Daniel 4:37b
1/31 Body parts, Big head song.  Verse:  Psalms 25:4
2/14 Review with active role play. Verse: Psalm 27:14
2/21 Greeting words, Hello Song.  Verse: Psalm 103:2
2/28 Where are you from? What is your name? Review.  Verse: Matthew 19:18a
3/14 Where do you live?  Review.
3/21 This is _. Who are you calling?, numbers. Review  Verse: Genesis 28:15a
3/28 What shall we eat__ ? Review. Verse: Hebrews 12:14
4/11 What shall we wear today? Verse: Psalms31:24
4/18 Directions. Verse: Psalms 91:14a
4/25 Poetry about direction. Review. Verse: Psalm 34:3
5/2 Fish, lotus, play, leaf. Review the poetry. Verse: Hebrew 13:16a
5/9 Role play presentation.  Verse: Galatians 6:2a

Elementary Science Exploration – Full Year  1:30-2:30pm

Tutor: Marlene Dyer

Fee: $200/yr

This afternoon elementary science class will be covering a variety of topics throughout the year like Forces and Interactions, Life Systems and Cycles, Weather & Climate, Energy, Waves, Biological Systems, Earth Systems, and Engineering Design.  This class will be available for students who are currently grades 1-6.

The cost of the class includes the experiment/project supply fees – though families may be asked to gather some supplies throughout the year that will benefit the class like toilet paper rolls, magazines, cardboard boxes, etc.  Students should bring a small three ring binder with pockets, loose leaf paper and pencils to class each week.

This course is designed as a stand-alone class that will include a mini-lesson on the topic each week followed by a science experiment or project and will conclude with a discussion of what was learned. Some projects may require observation throughout the week, but homework in general will be rare.  My prayer is that each lesson will help to solidify our biblical world by pointing my students back to our loving Creator.  I will be using experiments mostly from a few different science curriculums that are geared towards students in grades 3-4 – but will be keeping in mind the age range of this class is grades 1-6 as material is presented.  Parents can continue to engage our science learning at home by utilizing our syllabus.  It will include suggested books that support our topics for reading at home if you desire to purchase or borrow them on your own.

We will meet on dates that elementary students have class.  Students should have eaten lunch before they come to class as snacking during experimenting would not be convenient. No grades will be given out for this class, but feedback will be provided at conferences, at the family’s request, or as needed.