Mrs. Penny Julius was born in Freeport, attended and graduated from Freeport High School. She graduated with a BS in elementary education from Western Illinois University. After graduation, she worked ten years in the banking industry. She joined the Immanuel staff in 1997 teaching Language Arts, adding the computer teacher duties in 1998 add became the 1st grade teacher in 2012. She and her husband, Dan, have two children, Grace & Gregory. They farm southeast of Freeport.

First Grade Curriculum Highlights:


  • Basic Bible stories
  • Crafts
  • Memorization of Bible verses
  • How we are blessed with many helpers

Language Arts

  • Listening and speaking skills
  • Reading literature stories
  • Recognizing main ideas and details of stories
  • How we are blessed with many helpers
  • Writing statement and question sentences
  • Recognizing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns
  • Learning creative writing skills


  • Weekly tests over words that have similar spelling patter


  • Short and long vowel sounds
  • Consonant blends
  • Contractions


  • Addition and subtraction facts to 18
  • Addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers
  • Numbers to 100
  • Ones and tens place value
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Fractions

Social Studies

  • Needs of a family at home and at school
  • Working together as a team and as a neighbor