Teacher/Student Ratio – 22 to 2 (teacher with Educational Assistant)
School Day: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Fridays 2:00 pm)
The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Although most time is spent on spiritual and academic growth, significant emphasis is placed on the socialization of the children.
Children grow spiritually through daily devotions, singing praises, Bible stories, Easter and Christmas events, and the complete integration of Christianity throughout the school day. On Wednesday mornings the class attends all-school chapel for special worship time. A Pastor also makes weekly presentations in class.
Language Arts & Reading: Children participate in a rich language and reading environment that emphasizes key learning concepts of the Washington State Standards. Children are read to every day and become familiar with the terms author, illustrator, fiction, nonfiction, setting, plot and character. Emphasis is placed on letter identification, letter formation, letter sounds, blending sounds, sight words, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Children participate in reading through short, high-frequency word readers.
Math: State and National standards are implemented as children learn to read and write numbers, count to 100, add and subtract, make sets, use ordinal numbers and participate in graphing and patterning. In addition, Kim Sutton’s Math curriculum is used and the children participate in Math songs and games to learn and practice Math concepts.
Science: Children learn to appreciate the world God has created for them as they study about seasons, animals and animal habitats, trees, worms, oceans, insects, life cycles of butterflies and frogs, outer space, clouds, amphibians and reptiles. Children are involved in hands-on learning, participate in science experiments, and are encouraged to study and explore creation during nature walks on the school grounds.
Social Studies: We use the Studies Weekly curriculum. Kindergartners learn to value other people, places, cultures and viewpoints by studying the world around them with Washington State Standards as the curriculum direction. Field trips are an integral part of this subject. The use of a children’s newspaper, Scholastic News, is integrated into the curriculum. We view a pair of eagles on live webcam as they nest, lay eggs, and feed their young. We view them until fledge.
Physical Education: Physical Education is a class designed to develop coordination and large motor skills. Various exercises, games and group activities provide learning and practice.
Art: Art projects encourage each child’s creative side.
Music: The students participate in singing and creative expression in order to develop a basic understanding of rhythm, melody, instruments and music appreciation.
Literacy Center: The students visit the school library once a week. Story time and book check out are the primary activities of library time.
Field Trips: Field trips into the community may include: Thomas Family Farm, Mukilteo tide pools, the Rockport Eagle Interpretive Center, a theater performance and an apple orchard,.
Christmas or Easter Program: The students alternate these musical programs each year.