Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

The goal of our preschool program is to give children ages three to five a gentle introduction to classical education. The classical method of education aims to form what our children love through the joyful discovery of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Our teachers inspire students with wonder, beauty, and imagination through informal, play-based learning in a loving and language-rich environment. We believe that children are special gifts from God.

  • Preschool: 3-year-olds attend every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 8:15-11:30 a.m.

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 4 & 5-year-olds attend every Monday-Friday from 8:15-11:30 a.m.

*Children must be potty-trained before entering Preschool or Pre-Kindergarten.

During the early years of life, young children are most believing, dependent, and vulnerable. They are developing spiritually, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically faster than at any other time in their lives. Young children benefit from an environment in which they have significant interaction with Christian adults as role models. Our certified teachers are passionate about creating an atmosphere of personal warmth and supportive love, which stems from a genuine love of our Lord and His children.

Preschool Program Elements:

  • Christian character development

  • Reading and writing readiness

  • Social skills education

  • Letters, numbers, colors, and shapes

  • Scripture verse memorization & prayer

  • Constructive play time

  • Arts & crafts activities

  • Mini science projects

  • Nature exploration

  • Educational field trips

  • Music education with Mrs. Nielsen

  • Classical children’s literature

  • Poetry & finger plays

Our program provides a balance of teacher-directed and student-led activities. Our curriculum includes Abeka Bible, Saxon Math, and Handwriting Without Tears. All areas of a child’s development are addressed -from fine motor skills to letter recognition as well as gross motor and coordination practice.

This is a typical preschool day with Chapel replacing religion class on Wednesday of each week:

8:15-8:35  . . .  Structured play in classroom

8:35-9:00  . . .  Bible story time or chapel

9:00-9:20  . . .  Calendars/Math

9:20-9:35  . . .  Music & movement

9:35-9:45  . . .  Snack

9:45-10:00 . . . Handwriting/Phonics

10:00-10:15. . .Outdoor play

10:15-11:15. .  Learning Centers

11:15-11:30. . .Closing & dismissal

All students are welcome to apply for admission to Zion Classical Academy Preschool.  Our school does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.

465 S. Marian Road, Hastings, NE 68901

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