Zion Baptist Academy utilizes a faith-based early childhood curriculum that lays a foundation for biblically based living in today’s society. Our curriculum is spiritually dynamic and academically challenging. It is a research-based developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants and preschool children. Using this framework, our teachers are able to teach in the ways that best match the way in which we know young children develop and learn.
Our private care children learn best by doing, and our curriculum uses a developmentally “hands-on” approach built around monthly themes. During each week we address all areas of development: social, emotional, physical (large and small motor), cognitive and language development. Lesson plans are prepared weekly and posted in each classroom. There is a balance between teacher directed and child-initiated activities. Our classrooms are set up in a learning center configuration, which allows each child to choose his/her activities in the different classroom areas. The activities in each learning center are planned by the teachers to facilitate discovery and learning. Our daily schedule includes large group, small group, and individual activities as well as learning center times. The children are guided and encouraged to learn new self-help skills, think for themselves, make choices, experiment, explore, make mistakes, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Our lottery funded Pre-K program uses the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS). The standards are flexible enough to support children’s individual rates of development, approaches to learning, and cultural context. We use the Owl Comprehensive Program for reading, science, math and social studies.
Our outstanding faculty and staff are selected for their personal faith, Christian character, academic background, and commitment to impacting the lives of students. Zion Baptist Academy teachers lovingly encourage students to discover the joy of knowing Jesus Christ personally, nurturing the seeds of faith as they disciple young hearts. God’s Word is woven throughout the fabric of the student’s day. Students discover that Scripture relates to every area of their lives – their personal relationships, their character, how they work and play, how they think and speak, even the subjects they study. God’s design unfolds whether students are examining the order of the universe, studying the nations of our world, tracing the Christian heritage of our country, or learning to use the gift of language. It is a curriculum and environment that enables us to work in concert with parents to fulfill the calling that we share to “train-up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.