Kindergarten: Mrs. Banks

Welcome to the Kindergarten Classroom!

My name is Erin Banks. I have been drawn to Kindergarten ever since I set my heart on teaching, and I am so very blessed that God has called me to teach it at FLS. The curiosity and eagerness that young children exhibit for learning about the world around them and about God’s love never ceases to amaze me. It is so fun to share in this excitement every day while building strong foundations and a love of learning for years to come.

I completed my education at Concordia University in St. Paul, where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am licensed to teach grades K-6. My husband and I live in Wanamingo, Minnesota with our two daughters, the oldest of who is in high school and youngest is currently a seventh grader at FLS. We also have a grown son, who is currently serving his second year in the United States Marine Corp. In my spare time, I love being outdoors and doing anything creative and crafty, especially puzzles!

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16

During your child’s Kindergarten year, your child will experience:

Kindergarten Classroom

Spiritual Development

  • Daily classroom Bible lessons
  • Weekly worship at chapel services
  • Chapel family participation
  • Community service opportunities
  • Daily prayer

Social Development

  • Regular morning meetings
  • Character education
  • Small group learning activities
  • Partnership with 6th grade

Physical Development

  • Physical education classes
  • Classroom brain breaks
  • Daily recess and happy choices
  • Friday fitness

Unique Opportunities

  • Multiple field trips
  • Flashlight Friday
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Kindergarten graduation ceremony

Parental Partnership Opportunities

  • Daily performance record
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Parent volunteer opportunities
  • Regular communication through FastDirect

Academic Development

  • Alphabet instruction through sign language
  • Daily math and phonics instruction
  • Themed writing and art activities
  • Kinesthetic science activities
  • Citizenship lessons in  social studies


“I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future!”  -Jeremiah 29:11