Young 5s

Our Young 5s program provides a unique learning culture for your children. We have daily centers that promote socialization in a learning environment. We also work on community service projects, such as collecting personal items, providing artwork to those in assisted care facilities and more. Each day our students look forward to a morning snack and afternoon rest time.

Students learn Bible stories that relate to their everyday lives. Christ like behavior is taught throughout the day.

Memory Work
Students memorize and recite Bible verses as well as prayers two times per week.

Students develop the ability to comprehend varied genres. Phonics, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and sight words are practiced. The Accelerated Reading Program is introduced.

We place emphasis on learning basic strokes and writing legible. Handwriting is practiced as a part of our phonics and math curriculum as well.

Students develop the ability to count, recognize, write, and compare numbers. Addition and subtraction is introduced.

Life, Earth, and Physical Science in the main focus.

Social Studies
Students learn about families, communities, customs, cultures, and past and present United States.

Our students have access to computers, iPads, Chrome Books, and Smartboards on a daily basis. They have technology class two times per week.

  • Recess
  • Physical Fitness
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Library
  • Art
  • Chapel

Choir and Pee-wee Basketball is available to those who want to join. We take field trips to Leaman’s Green Apple Barn, Johnson’s Pumpkin Patch, Baby Acres, and Bay City State Park.

  • 1-Box (24 ct.) Crayons
  • 1-Box (12 ct.) Colored Pencils
  • 1- Pair of Pointed Scisors
  • 1- Eraser
  • 12 – #12 Pencils – Sharpened
  • 4 – Glue Sticks (per Quarter)
  • 1 – School Bag/Backpack
  • 1 – School Box
  • 1 – Plastic Folder
  • 1 – 8oz. Bottle Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 – Kleenex (200 ct.)
  • 1 – 35 ct. Disinfecting Wipes
  • 2 – Dry Erase Markers

Gym shoes to be left at school

Sweater/Sweatshirt to leave at school

Head Phones or Earbuds to be left at school

No Markers Please
Put Names on ALL Student Items

  • Child’s Original Birth Certificate (we will make a copy for our records)
  • Kindergarten Vision & Hearing Screening
    The Public Health Code and State Law in Michigan requires children to have their vision and hearing tested for the first time before entering into Kindergarten. Bay County Health Department will be testing children for any vision and hearing defects. This screening will be provided free of charge. Call the school office for the current screening date and time.

Pam Degg

Young 5s Teacher and Librarian

Concordia University – Colloquy Program
Saginaw Valley State University – Bachelor of Science in Education

Mrs. Degg is in her 20th year of teaching at Zion including assisting as a teacher’s aide in various grades before teaching full-time.

Teaching Kindergarten here at Zion consists of using the smart board, manipulatives, games, and humor. Each year we set goals for our class to become a better student and to learn. The goals set for my kindergarteners are to love and respect each other and God. Academically students will have beginning reading skills, recognize, print, count, and model numbers.

I enjoy teach the Bible story of Jesus telling the disciples to be fishers of men. Jelly the puppet has a pretend fishing pole with a gummy worm on it and tries to catch the students.

My mission stems from my confirmation verse, reminding me to seek God first and strive to do the right thing. Reinforcing this with my students to pray to God first and he will help us every time.

Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

My students remember I like humor and try to use it in class to get the objective taught. An imaginary cow comes to visit when I teach prepositions. Example: my hand is on the cow, the grass is under the cow and so on.