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Discipleship in Elementary School

Discipleship in the elementary school takes place in and out of the classroom, beginning with our faculty and staff, all of whom profess faith in Christ. At Heritage Christian, we believe academics and discipleship go hand-in-hand and that students can learn the Bible and biblical principles at a very young age. Because of this, the elementary school integrates the Bible into every facet of education, helping students grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually through the truths of the Bible.

Elementary School Student Praying

We TEACH.

Bible Curriculum - In class, students learn Bible stories, biblical principles, and the truths of what it means to follow Christ. As part of the Bible curriculum, students learn how to memorize and recite Scripture every year.

Preschool, Prep-K, & Kindergarten Bible Topics

Old Testament Overview
New Testament Overview
Application of Bible Characters
Scripture Memorization

1st Grade Bible Topics

Creation
Old Testament Characters
The Life of Christ (Through the Christmas & Easter Stories)
Application of Bible Characters
Character Traits
Scripture Memorization

2nd Grade Bible Topics

Inspiration of the Bible
Attributes of God
Old Testament Characters
Life of Paul
Life of Christ (Through the Christmas & Easter Stories)
Application of Bible Characters
Scripture Memorization

3rd Grade Bible Topics

Life, Death, & Resurrection of Jesus
Teachings of Christ
Gospels
Pilgrim's Progress
Scripture Memorization (students learn more than 60 verses through song)

4th Grade Bible Topics

Young Peacemaker Studies
The Story for Kids (The Bible from Beginning to End)
Emphasis on Joshua, Judges, 2 Samuel, & Ruth
James & Nehemiah
Repentance & Forgiveness
The Cycle of Sin
Scripture Memorization

Chapel - Chapel is a sweet time for elementary students to come together, sing their hearts out, and learn God’s word from faculty, staff, and outside Christian leaders and pastors. The primary goal of these chapels is to help students grow in their walk with Jesus and to see the beauty and importance of corporate worship.

Chapel Worship - Elementary music teacher Cathy Bartemus leads the worship portion of chapel, but she makes it a priority to have students assist her.

We MENTOR.

Each year, elementary teachers make spiritual goals specific to their class. These goals are meant to help them mentor their students on a more personal level. Teachers do things such as pray with and for their students every day, share what it means to be a good friend, and teach the Gospel through discipline.


Some elementary students have high school mentors. Together, they play games, talk about how to deal with difficult things, read Bible verses, and learn how to be a good friend.

My high school mentors have taught me so much and because of the time I have spent with them, I want to be a mentor to someone when I am in high school. I will now be able to teach them godly verses that may help them someday. One of the verses I learned was Romans 15:13 – 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.'

- Lilly, 4th Grade Student

We TRAIN.

Leadership Training - Elementary students are encouraged to show leadership through the choices they make and the example they set to others around them. Teachers cultivate the concept of leadership to these young students through opportunities to serve one another and opportunities to grow in responsibility. A formal program of leadership development begins in 4th grade where students lead through service opportunities within the school as they begin to identify their strengths and desires.

Service Opportunities - Students are exposed to local as well as international opportunities to serve while in elementary school. Through care ministries, they collect Coins for the Kingdom to support several orphanages across the globe. As children progress from grade to grade, they are given opportunities to contribute to local ministries by collecting shoes, toothbrushes, and books. Serving within the school is also emphasized through such programs as Reading Buddies, encouragement notes, and random acts of kindness.

Elementary Care Ministries Infographic
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