Elementary (Grades 1-6)

ESCHEL’s program for elementary students is not a cafeteria-style program. Our younger students benefit from participating in all offered courses for their grade level, allowing for a consistent student population in a classroom atmosphere. Students in grades 1-6 participate in all of the classes listed below. See the Class Schedules page for more information on class times.

Elementary WritingElementary Writing

1st-4th grade tutor: Mrs. Nancy Harris

Beginning Creative Writing 1-2

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

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.

5-6 grade tutor: Mrs. Becky Knefelkamp

The skills learned in this class take that next step to mature writing.

  • We write in a journal every day. It helps students to settle into a writing mode and get their creative juices flowing.
  • In the first semester, we will write shorter assignments. We cover aspects of the Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW):  dress-ups, openers, but also decorations.  We will learn about paragraph writing with topic sentences and finalizing statements.  We will also have a few creative assignments just for fun!
  • We will have a grammar sheet each week where we will be working on commas and quotation mark rules.
  • Fifth and sixth grade will learn the Five Paragraph Expository Theme, a foundation to speeches and formal writing.
  • This class also will have three assignments during the year that I give them comments on, and then they will rewrite, learning to rewrite for excellence!
  • We will start the research paper in January. This is a sequential process that many students tell me is their favorite assignment of the year.  5/6 graders will add writing a bibliography and adding parenthetical citations to their paper.
  • Our book project ends the year.
  • IT IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that this age student should be typing their assignments. Handwriting will be accepted if parents choose, but I strongly encourage students to learn to type as typing is easier when we rewrite our assignments.

Grading:   I will give them 50 points per assignment with up to five points subtracted for each aspect of the assignment that they leave out.  I expect papers to be neat, turned in on time, with names on them.  I grade pretty easily on students at this age.  I don’t want to discourage them.  Most points are lost mainly due to not completing all I ask.

Refund Policy: No refund after start of semester.

Elementary ArtExploring Art

Tutor:  Mrs. Andrea Nehring

Grades 1-6

Join me for an exciting journey through Art History! This year we will start at the beginning, looking at cave paintings from ancient days, then go up through the Renaissance. 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:

Elementary Phy EdPhysical Education

Tutor: Mrs. Linda Kauss

Grades 1-6

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:

Christ-Centered Martial Artists (CMA)

Tutor: Sifu Jeff Goodwin

Grades 3-12

Welcome to our Christ-Centered Martial Art! Christ-centered Martial Artists (CMA) is a
compassionate ministry that fervently strives to promote the strongest daily relationship
between Jesus Christ and His creation through its comprehensive Christ-centered martial
arts process.

CMA classes are fun and exciting! As Junior Becomers-in-Christ, your precious child
will deepen their faith as they gain confidence, self-worth, focus, fitness, courtesy,
respect, self-defense, and much more! They will learn the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Junior
Becomers-in-Christ will develop additional character traits found throughout the Holy

Classes will be an hour in duration. Uniforms cost $40.00. Until they receive their
uniform, students should wear loose fitting clothes. You can order a CMA uniform
(includes Patch), protective padding, or other CMA equipment anytime.

At the beginning of each class, a devotional is provided; then, students will practice
stretching, basic movements, and other fun activities! A brief cool down and devotional
review will conclude their class. Handouts are provided for you and your child to
enhance lessons and inform you of their progress.

CMA training is a mind, body and spirit activity. To maximize their benefit, please ensure
that ESCHEL and I are aware of any medical issues or other potential concerns
regarding your child.

Students may have the opportunity to Test for a rank in CMA during each semester. The cost per Belt Test is $50.00. Also, students greatly enjoy sparring, however protective gear is required. Students under the rank of 8th Gup – Orange Belt are not required to spar. The average cost of this protective gear is $125.00, however, because CMA is a ministry we may donate the equipment to the student while supplies last. These donations are for students that can not afford the equipment.

Refund Policy: No refunds