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Holy Cross Lutheran School provides the finest in Christian elementary education.
A program of instruction is offered, including Preschool, Optional Full-Day Kindergarten, and First through Eighth Grades.

In keeping with our Christian philosophy of education, Holy Cross Lutheran School meets or exceeds the state requirements in regard to curriculum.

Holy Cross Lutheran School is fully accredited by The Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools and the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Commission.  In May 2007 Holy Cross Lutheran School successfully completed the process to extend our accreditation through May 2014

What Will They Teach My Child?

Lutheran schools are known for their academic quality and for their ability to aid moral development.   They are religious schools which include daily teaching about religion and integrate religious beliefs into everything they teach.  Many parents who are considering enrolling their child wonder, “What will they teach my child about religion at a Lutheran School?”

Lutheran schools teach what Lutherans Believe.

They believe:

  • That the Bible is the source and basis for their beliefs.  (2 Tim. 3:15-17)
  • That all people and all faiths are to be shown respect.  (Matt. 22:39)
  • That only through faith in Jesus Christ can people be saved.  John 3:16)

Lutheran schools teach about God.

God is:

  • The Almighty, loving Creator of everything and everyone.  (Gen. 1:1)
  • One God, but three equal persons (Triune).  (Matt. 28:19)
  • A Judge who requires us to fulfill His law perfectly.  (James 2:10)
  • A Savior who died for our sins and arose from the dead.  (2 Tim. 1:10)
  • A Sanctifier who gives us faith through His Word and sacraments. (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • The Author of the Bible who inspired men to write every word as He directed.  (2 Tim. 3:16)
  • Love.  He loves all people perfectly, in spite of how they may act.  (1 John 4:8)

Lutheran schools teach about people.

People are:

  • Created individually and specially by God.  (Ps. 12:13)
  • Loved always and completely by God.  (John 3:16)
  • Required by God to obey His law perfectly.  (Matt. 5:48)
  • Unable to obey God perfectly (everyone sins).  (Eccl. 7:20)
  • Saved from hell by Christ’s sacrifice.  (Gal. 3:13)
  • Unable to earn God’s favor or forgiveness.  (Eph.  2:8-9)
  • Brought to saving faith by the Holy Spirit and given etrnal life in heaven.  (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • Condemned to eternal suffering if they do not have faith in Christ.  (Rom. 6:23)
  • Given forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  Act 22:16; Luke 22:19-20)
  • Motivated by God’s love to love all other people and serve God.  (John 14:23)
  • Eager to share the good news (Gospel of God’s great love for all)  (Acts 4:20)

Many children are led, by the Holy Spirit, to believe what is taught in a Lutheran school.  It is helpful for parents to know what they learn and reinforce that learning by discussing and taking them to church services.  Many parents also want to learn more about the church that values children and their Christian education so much that they sponsor a Lutheran school.

The best way to learn about Lutherans believe and what Lutheran schools teach in addition to attending church and Bible class or Sunday school is to attend an information class at the congregation which sponsors the school.  Contact the school administrator or congregation’s pastor to learn more about such a class.

Preschool Curriculum

The Preschool Curriculum at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Our goal is to teach the children about the love of our Savior, Jesus. The nurturing environment that fosters a positive attitude toward learning and defines this classroom, models this objective.

  • Gross Motor: Gym, blocks, trucks, playground
  • Fine Motor: Cutting, pasting, coloring, tracing, writing
  • Computer: Colors, shapes, numbers
  • Sand Table: Measure, textures, sharing
  • Play dough Table: Creativity, expression
  • Water Table: Measure, imagination
  • Science Table: Hands-on exploring - magnets, bugs, animals
  • Role-play: Housekeeping (kitchen, tools, dress-up)
  • Language Arts: Library, books in classroom
  • Snack Time: (provided by school)
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Lesson plans for the year cover a variety of units. A detailed monthly calendar and newsletter is provided by the teacher to keep parents informed of daily activities.

The Classroom:
Assisting the teacher are a classroom aide and a parent helper. This staffing combination provides consistency for your child, while enabling you as a parent to keep in touch with your child's progress.

Kindergarten Curriculum

We offer an optional Full Day program.  Parents may choose from either a morning program or a full day program.

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Holy Cross is committed to modeling the grace of Jesus Christ each day.  We provide opportunities for all children to grow academically, spiritually and in relationship to each other.

Religion: Bible stories in chronological order from creation to Jesus' birth, His ministry, death, resurrection and other important Bible characters.  Each story stresses the love that God has for each of us.

Reading: Readiness-Letters and Sounds are introduced along with handwriting.  The children learn to blend sounds into words.  Some children are reading by the end of kindergarten.

Math: Number recognition and one-to-one counting up to the number 20.  Oral counting up to 100.  Math concepts such as numeration, counting, measure, time money, geometry, attributes, patterns, graphing, calculator, and operations are covered.

Science: Investigation and hands on are used to discover such things as weather, geology, health, plants, animals, and seasons.

Social Studies: Many seasonal holidays are explored along with communities, occupations, transportation, and famous Americans.

Art: Activities are done across the curriculum to fit into an area where it is appropriate.  Many types of media are explored from crayons and paint to clay and tissue paper.

Gym: Physical Education activities include organized games and basic skills for large and small motor control.

Technology: Structured computer instruction is provided every week for the children.

First thru Eighth Curriculum

The school curriculum is designed to provide unity of purpose and continuity of instructional concepts in all the grades. Students receive instruction in religion, language, arts, science, mathematics, social studies, music, art and physical education. Various worship experiences, including a weekly chapel service, set the tone for all the instruction and activity during the week.

Religion

The daily study of God's Word as found in the Holy Bible

Language Arts

Reading, English, Spelling, Creative Writing

Mathematics

Elementary Hands-On Math through Honors Algebra

Sciences

Hands-On Science from Preschool through Eighth Grade

Social Studies

History, Geography, Current Events

Fine Arts

Classroom Music, Band, Choir, Hand bells, and Art

Physical Education

Gym, Preschool through Eighth Grade

Sports

Basketball, Volleyball, Track, and Cheerleading

Technology

Computer Skills

 

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