Zion Selectives are classes offered by Zion that enrich students outside their standard curriculum
Selectives are included for students attending Zion Learning Centers full time programs! Some sessions will have posted material fees
Homeschool students may apply and attend any of Zion Selective offerings for a fee. Schedule and fees to be posted soon!
The Christian Character Formation Project is a Biblical based journey that equips and trains children and the adults around them to live Christ-centered, fulfilling lives for Greater Purpose. Focusing on character formation and the cultivation of virtue (things we can also offer which the public schools can’t since they’re not allowed to teach such things, though nearly every parent wants their children to learn them). This curriculum aims at helping students realize, not only their Identity as children of God, but also their Purpose – why they’re here (the two things necessary for people to know if they are to find any sort of meaning to their life). And then it moves on to helping them put their faith into practice, cultivating things like justice, respect, responsibility, integrity, self-sacrifice, diligence, courage, etc. See pamphlet for more!
From recorders to chimes to handbell choir! Our kids are always immersed in music at Zion!
Specialized classes in guitar, keyboard and group ukulele! Student Praise Team! Kids and their skills coming together to worship the Lord!
Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief
Hydro rocketry is a three week science unit consisting of the following components: web research, problem solving, engineering, competition and developing a sound understanding of numerous principles of physics, especially Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Individually, or in teams of two, students are challenged to design and construct a hydro rocket that enables them to keep a payload aloft for an extended period of time. The goal is to design the rocket so that its parachute deploys at apogee (the high point in its flight) and bring the nose cone down in a gentle descent. The unit is both incredibly fun and academically challenging. The unit can be adapted for use in grades 8 – 12. It involves a developed knowledge of the following science concepts:
Helps children learn basic life skills, and supplements almost any of their other classes!. They practice their writing through observational journals, apply science knowledge as they watch plant life cycles, utilize math skills through measurements, and better understand history and other cultures through growing their own food. Students learn lessons in responsibility, communication, teamwork, and patience.
Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help instill skills to last them a lifetime. While cooking kids can practice creativity and use their imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make! Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but children will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.
Cooking will help reinforce subjects like science, language, math and creativity while cooking!
Aquatic Eco-Systems is a three week science unit consisting of the following components: web research, problem solving, project competition and developing a sound understanding of numerous principles of world aquatic eco-systems
Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world.
Students will be able to:
Students learn that, while people can develop rewarding friendships online, they should be cautious with online-only friends and never reveal private information without asking a parent or trusted adult for permission. Students discuss the difference between online and in-person friendships, explore an online chat scenario, and complete and sign a checklist for safe online chatting.
Students will be able to:
Bullying has always been a concern in middle school, but that can be exacerbated on the internet. Social media, chat rooms, and other forums for online messaging make kids much more vulnerable to bullying and predatory behavior now than ever before. Internet safety begins when students know how to get out of possibly dangerous situations.
While acknowledging the benefits of online talk and messaging, students consider scenarios in which they may feel uncomfortable, or may encounter inappropriate behavior on the Internet. Students first watch a short video in which teens share their rules of the road for connecting with others online. Through a guided class discussion, students then learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction.
Finally, students work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios using the Internet Traffic Light Student Handout.
Students first talk about common impressions of “stranger danger.” Students learn why the term “online predator” is misleading, and how to identify more realistic forms of inappropriate contact. Students then discuss a story about a teen’s risky online relationship, and draw conclusions about how to stay safe online.
Students will be able to: