Fairy Tales!

Dreams really do come true!

Fairy Tale Dress-Up Day
We dressed up as our favorite Fairy Tales characters!

 

Every week is a different theme week at Grace Community School, and this past week was no exception.

Want to know what’s coming up next? Check out our school calendar.

Happy Easter 2017 from Grace Community School

Happy Easter!

Kids with Easter eggs

We did a whole lot this Easter week, but our students especially enjoyed the egg hunts!

“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” — Matthew 28:6

Let us show you all the fun we had in video form.

We’ve collected all our Easter photo albums for you to check out. Just click the links below!

Skyline

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How to Sign Up for Special Classes at Grace Community School

Plus: Why You’d Want To!

Special Classes at Grace Community School
Special Classes at Grace Community School

Karate, Dance, Music, and Art Special Classes at Grace Community School

In addition to the Grace Community School core curriculum, we have special classes available!

Grace Community School Special Classes for your child!
Grace Community School Special Classes for your child!

These special classes are for Grace Community School students ages three years and up (for Karate Class and Dance Class) and two years and up (for Art Class and Music Class). Experienced instructors come in once a week for half-hour instructional periods with the kids. Each class is just $10 per week per child. Your child can participate in one, two, three, or all four classes. Classes run year-round, and enrollment is always open as long as we have space (wait lists are taken if a class is full)

How to Sign Up

Signing up is easy! Just ask your Grace Community School location for the sign-up form, fill that out, and you’re all set. You can start and stop at any time.

We make fun creative projects each week in Grace Community School Art Class!
We make fun creative projects each week in Grace Community School Art Class!

Our Whole Life Approach to Child Care

We have a “whole life” approach to child care. There are many aspects of a child’s education and development that our program helps with. Core classes include our phonics and math programs, as well as Bible Time, physical education, and much more. We want children to learn as much as possible, and have fun at the same time! Our special classes contribute to these goals. One thing that all of our classes have in common is an emphasis on self-control. To be good at dance, or martial arts, or music, or art, you need to be able to control yourself. This is something we teach children in our special classes as well as our day-to-day activities. Self-control is so important that experts have called it the “master virtue” because of its importance as a predictor of future success in every area of life.

Schedules and Availability for Special Classes

You can see the specific special classes schedule for all our locations and get more information on our website pages at the links below. Ask your location for the sign-up form today!

Karate Class

Dance Class

Art Class

Music and Piano Classes

Why Did Grace Community School Build New Playgrounds at Every Location?

Smiling child on playground
Look at that smile!

Hint: Your Child Will Love the Answer!

We’ve spent a lot of time and money over the past year renovating our playground areas and adding new playground equipment at each and every Grace Community School location. New playgrounds are expensive! Why did we do it? Take a look at the YouTube video above! I think it speaks for itself, but believe me when I say that seeing the joy on our students’ faces has made it all worth it. Your kids deserve outstanding play areas. Basically, we wanted playgrounds to match the quality of our educational programs!

Playground quote

These renovations have taken the better part of a year, but we are finally nearing completion. The last big playground piece was just completed at our Fort Myers location, and the kids are thrilled.

Beautiful new artificial turf at the Bonita Springs location.
Beautiful new artificial turf at the Bonita Springs location.
Stacks of padding waiting to be installed under our artificial turf.
Stacks of padding waiting to be installed under our artificial turf.
Playground padding
Safety first!

We could go on and on about the benefits of physical exercise and the importance of keeping kids moving, but it all boils down to this: we want our students to be happy. And you, our parents and grandparents, have made this possible with your support. These new playgrounds will give many years of enjoyment and education. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!

One of the new playground sets at the North Fort Myers location.
One of the new playground sets at the North Fort Myers location.
Playground Panorama at the Golden Gate Grace Community School
Panoramic view of our newly constructed Golden Gate Grace Community School playground.

The curly slide!
The curly slide!
Doesn't that look like fun?
Doesn’t that look like fun?
Your kids deserve the best!
Your kids deserve the best!

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Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program

The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program combines martial arts, physical exercise, and fun!
The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program combines martial arts, physical exercise, and fun!

The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program has been teaching kids martial arts and self-discipline for nearly twenty years. It is our most established special class, and still one of our most popular! Each week our karate instructor, Mr. Pete, comes to every GCS location and does half hour classes for all participating students. Our karate class runs year-round, and while space is limited, we are accepting new students.

Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits.
Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits.

One objection we often hear from parents is, “I have enough problems with my child roughhousing and fighting at home without adding karate to the mix!” What we have seen is the exact opposite. What if you could do something to help your child with aggression and improve many other areas of their life, for just $10 per week? You can! The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program builds discipline and self-control. Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits. Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.

Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.
Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.

Self-discipline has far more than just physical benefits. Students have a sense of accomplishment when they find themselves mastering their bodies more and more. This builds confidence. Possessing more self-discipline and confidence improves other areas of life like school work and interpersonal relationships. The American Kenpo variety of karate the GCS karate program uses is characterized by an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline, not attacking. It teaches kids to avoid trouble whenever possible, but to be ready to handle it should it arise. This goes along with Grace Community School’s moral training, including the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Much like Grace Community School’s Reading Circles and Math Circles, the Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program is in levels. Kids initially earn stars (up to 8 stars), then work their way up through a series of belts. Karate stars are celebrated with certificates. Students earn stripes as they master a particular belt, then celebrate with a ceremony before taking home their belt.

Grace Community School has a whole-life curriculum, combining academics, non-denominational Bible lessons, and fun extracurricular activities: Karate Class, Music Class, Art Class, and Dance Class. Find a FAQ section and more information on our website. Sign up for one class, or all four! We look forward to helping your child have fun and exercise while building self-discipline, confidence, and physical skills.

2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule

Ever wanted to know ahead of time when special dress-up days are coming? You can!
Ever wanted to know ahead of time when special dress-up days are coming? You can!

At Grace Community School, the learning AND the fun don’t stop! We have year-round theme weeks that include special days like parties, dress-up days, and special activities. Check out the schedule below to see all the fun coming up.

See what fun is coming up next with the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule!
See what fun is coming up next with the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule!

Downloadable PDF —> GCS-2016-2017-Theme-Week-and-Event-Schedule

Remember, you can also access a special Google Calendar to see our theme weeks and special events at www.gracecommunityschools.com/calendar.html

Holiday Week Facebook Graphic
Theme weeks like Holiday Week keep learning fun. There is always something new to do!

Keep the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule handy, and you’ll always know what is coming next!

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Ready, set, HUT 🏈

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Have a Blast With the Grace Community School Kids During Song and Dance Week!

Song and Dance Week Video ThumbnailCheck out our YouTube video playlist below. As you can tell, the kids did a great job learning our special song, Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin.”

We even did some glow in the dark dancing!

We have found that the best way to keep kids interested in learning is to make it fun! This is one reason why every week is a theme week at Grace Community School. Song and Dance Week is just one of almost thirty different exclusive theme weeks we have for our students. Every single week has its own activities, art projects, themed educational activities, and coloring papers. Many of these weeks also have dress-up and other participation days.

Awesome dress-up days (like you see here from School Spirit Week) allow for maximum participation by Grace Community School students.
Awesome dress-up days (like you see here from School Spirit Week) allow for maximum participation by Grace Community School students.

One question parents ask frequently is how they can keep up with all our planned activities. In addition to signs and notes in each location’s office and elsewhere, there are other resources to keep parents informed:

The learning never stops, and neither does the fun!

What Kids Need in Child Care

Happy Kids With Whale Shirts
At Grace Community School, we know the parents of our students want the absolute best for their kids; so do we!

Helping Your Child Succeed in Child Care and Beyond

Every parent who drops a child off at child care has certain expectations of what will happen to that child. Each parent hopes that the child care experience will be a positive one, giving the child what he or she needs to grow, learn, and be happy.

These things include the basics: being kept safe from harm, fulfillment of physical needs, comfort, opportunities for friendship, fun. Most parents would also be happy if their children could learn something while away from home. These things aren’t the only things a child needs from child care!

Achieving Full Potential

Child experts agree that for the child to achieve his or her full potential – to rise above the median, to accomplish what is called “self-actualization” – the child must have more than the basics. You, as a parent, would no doubt like your child to do more than just survive – you want your child to thrive!

Unfortunately, if you bring your child to just any child care center, you will likely get just the basics – only the basics. It will be babysitting, for the most part. There is something not on that list of basics: love! It is not enough to merely take care of a child, the child who will thrive needs love, both at home and at school.

Remember: love is not just an emotion, it is also action! At Grace Community School, we know the parents of our students want the absolute best for their kids; so do we! Love means giving kids the best education possible.

Instead of daycare, why not school?
Instead of daycare, why not school?

Why Not School?

Here is where we see the very big difference between a daycare and a school; one is merely a place for children to bide the time where their parents are at work, the other is a real educational facility. Grace Community School is a school. We like to say, “College Can Begin at Two.” When children have the capacity to start genuine academics as young as age two, why not let them? Learning is fun! Let us take a look at some of the ways Grace Community School goes “beyond the basics.”

First, Grace Community School provides instruction in an area often neglected in child care: morality. You will not even see it listed as a domain in articles about child development. A truly great education must be built on a moral foundation. Virtues or character traits like self-control, diligence, and deferred gratification – characteristics of highly successful people – are actually all a part of moral training. A Grace Community School education includes moral training, both in our Bible instruction and integrated throughout the curriculum. Grace Community School kids learn the Golden Rule, as well as other Biblical principles like the Ten Commandments, and put them into practice. You cannot overemphasize the long-term importance this makes in the lives of children!

Our Preschoolers Can Read!
Our Preschoolers Can Read!

Second, Grace Community School teaches real reading! Reading is simply the most important academic skill you must learn in school; nothing else comes close. Society and technology have changed vastly in nature in recent decades, but the importance of reading has not diminished. Daycares might teach “reading readiness” or “emergent literacy,” but not Grace Community School. Our students learn the real deal. Accept no substitutions! Since reading is so vital to a child’s future, what better way to show love to a child than teaching him or her to read!

Our Math program is also second-to-none. Just as in the Grace Community School reading program, math students work at their own pace achieving various milestones and learning different skills. Children move on to the next Math Circle level when they master their current level. We celebrate both Reading and Math Circle achievements by sending home certificates and books with the kids so they can show off what they have learned! We put photos of students who have reached special milestones on our social media, too.A truly great education must be built on a moral foundation.

There’s More!

For children to perform at their best, their physical needs have to be met. Grace Community School provides FREE and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack, and drinks for all students. Meals are prepared fresh onsite daily. Better nutrition means kids who are better able to learn. You can check out our USDA-approved menu any time on our website www.gracecommunityschools.com. Not only does the free meal program benefit students at school, but family life improves at home since parents do not need to spend time and money packing lunches. It’s a win-win situation!

We have a variety of extracurricular courses available for our students (ask your Grace Community School office how to sign up today!) The Grace Community School karate program is another program that benefits children both physically and mentally. Children ages three years and up have an opportunity to learn martial arts from an experienced American Kenpo karate instructor in a fun environment. The most important skill learned in karate is self-discipline. Self-discipline is sometimes called the “master virtue” because of its importance in everything a person does, and its use as in indicator of success later in life. More self-discipline leads to more success!

Along similar lines, our dance program enhances the lives of children in many ways. Children learn techniques of jazz and ballet while experiencing the joy that comes from moving their bodies to music. The kids are having so much fun they don’t even realize that they’re exercising and enhancing motor skills!

Piano and group music lessons are also available at some locations. Students learn both the theory and practice of playing piano as they progress through beginner’s piano lesson books, play games, and participate in fun music drill. The benefits of music lessons are many, even going so far as to boost SAT scores! Returning again to the topic of self-discipline, there is something about the immediate feed-back in playing music that improves discipline like nothing else. It’s a wonderful way to earn an instrument as well as increase overall self-control.

We also have Art Class! Each week our Art Class students create a special art project during thirty-minute lessons. It’s a different project each week (that goes along with our special theme weeks) that they take home. See why Grace Community School Art Class is one of our most popular extracurricular activities.

The various Grace Community School learning programs let children progress at their own pace combined with an orderly environment full of routines creates a comfortable, loving environment that makes kids feel safe. Parents need assurance, too! Updates via our social media pages and email list let you stay informed about what is going on at school, upcoming special events and theme weeks, and lots of other news. Also, our photo program lets you take home a printed photo of your child from school each week.

Set for Success

That’s a lot of extras! We know you love your child and want nothing but the best! That is exactly what Grace Community School gets you – the best possible education at the lowest cost, including the most important thing your child needs to succeed: love demonstrated through action. We are happy to have the privilege to serve you and your child. Don’t forget to tell your friends! Right now Grace Community School has an awesome referral program. Refer a child to any Grace Community School location and get $100! Find out more here or ask your location’s office for details.

Grace Community School goes beyond the basics to deliver a safe and caring environment, an unparalleled learning experience, and more extras than you will find at any other child care center in Southwest Florida. Most importantly, it sets your child down on a path that leads to success in child care and beyond. Find out more about Grace Community Schools and its programs at www.gracecommunityschools.com

Happy 4th of July 2016!

Independence Day Graphic

Enjoy your day!

If you need something to do today, check out these photos and videos from the past week at Grace Community School.

📷Fort Myers Pirate Ship Bounce House

📷North Fort Myers Bounce House

📽Golden Gate Slip n Slide Video

📷Golden Gate Slip n Slide

📷Pirate Dress-Up Day

📷Bonita Springs Bounce House

📽Lehigh Slip n Slide Video

📷Lehigh Slip n Slide

📷Port Charlotte Bounce House

📷Port Charlotte Hawaii Dress-Up Day

📷Red, White, and Blue Dress-Up Day

 

Red, White, and Blue Dress-Up Day at Grace Community School!
So patriotic!

GRACIE!!!

Gracie the Whale visited our Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, and Skyline locations this week. The kids were SO excited! Gracie will be visiting all of our locations in the upcoming weeks. Watch for her to make an appearance at our upcoming graduation programs, too!

We love Gracie the Whale!
We love Gracie the Whale!

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