The elementary school is made up of preschool classes through sixth grade. Throughout these years, students build a strong academic and spiritual foundation, intended to ensure success in the junior high and high school years at Zion.
Our goal is to keep class sizes small, thereby maintaining an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Class sizes are normally between 15 – 25 students, varying with grade level.
Each year, students focus on a different theme of the Bible: Old and New Testament overview, God’s Plan, God Keeps His Promises, the Calling of God’s Tribe, Record of God’s Nation, Witnesses to the Gospel, and the Acts of the Apostles.
We use Orton-Gillingham as a base in the lower grades for teaching phonics with a basal reader for reading practice. As students advance through the grades, they use more novel studies.
Zion uses the curriculum of the Institute for Excellence in Writing from first grade through high school. Classes work toward publishing a polished piece of writing every quarter.
A variety of publishers aid our students in spelling accurately in all of their work. A phonetic rule-based approach is helpful, in addition to using a word wall.
Establishing a firm base in Grammar is important to us. Our students are taught the parts of speech in the lower grades and learn to use them more effectively in the upper elementary. The A Beka curriculum provides practical practice and reinforces the parts of speech used in our Writing.
Handwriting Without Tears provides the students with a solid penmanship base in the preschool. Cursive writing is introduced in third grade. Proper handwriting is practiced every day.
Our vocabulary development is taught in conjunction with reading and spelling. The children learn to use the dictionary early, thereby expanding their vocabulary.
We use our computer lab and Chromebooks for research, skill building, and word processing. Children learn to type starting in third grade, with their WPM scores tracked beginning in fourth grade.
Students investigate the wonders of God’s creation each year with a variety of topics from the disciplines of Earth Science, Biology and Physical Science.
Each grade level explores a different social studies theme each year: Our Home, Exploring Cultures in God’s World, Continents of the World, United States History, Michigan History and Geography, Ancient Civilizations and World History.