Ms. Kristine rynda

Ms. Kristine rynda

1st Grade Teacher

Miss Rynda recently graduated with her Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she also received her Bachelor of Education degree. She has teaching experience on the Kindergarten-3rd grade level, as well as experience teaching a group of students in a special education classroom.

Before college, Miss Rynda was a volunteer Sunday School teacher in high school at her local church for two years. She found it so exciting to watch her students’ grow in their faith as she taught them about Jesus. As a student teacher in the public schools, she felt as though there was a missing piece in her teaching, and that missing piece was Jesus. Miss Rynda is excited to be able to teach her students not only academics, but also about the Lord.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

In first grade we have the following subject areas:

*Mathematics– Go Math, by Houghton Mifflin with the common core edition included.

*Reading– an exciting full spectrum of coverage.

*Comprehension- Readworks and A to Z reading program

*Fluency- daily work using sight words, word families, sentences, and word ladders.

*Spelling, Phonics, Grammar using the ABeka program which reinforces vital first grade words.

*Wordly Wise- both vocabulary and comprehension.

*Writing- a variety of techniques to strengthen descriptive, expository, persuasive, and informative forms.

*Poetry-daily enjoyment and instruction surrounding poetry and their authors.

*Reading series and leveled books- Abkea has a series we utilize in our reading groups, as well as individualized leveling of books for personal, buddy, and group reading.  These are taken from our extensive classroom library and include fiction and nonfiction books.


*We use the very effective Handwriting without Tears curriculum in preschool- first grade.

Social Studies:

*We study history, geography, community helpers, maps, and ourselves in first grade via ABeka books.

Safety, Health, and Manners:

*The Abeka series gives the students a wide study of these three important topics.


*As a school body (Kindergarten- Eighth grades) we employ the outstanding curriculum, Purposeful Design, which flows through the entire Bible via direct instruction, timelines, maps, and activities.


*We use the Abeka program as the framework for our science curriculum, with the addition of numerous resources that enhance and support our core requirements.


Pine Harbor offers weekly specialists in: computer, music, library, and physical education.  We have specific art projects each day to support the learning in the classroom.