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!

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Your Child Deserves This!

How to Give Your Child a Head Start

What if You Could Give Your Child a Head Start?

The good news is, you can!

We all want to be better parents. We realize that there is nothing more precious than our children. In them, we seem to see all our hopes and fears realized. However much we do for our children, we would like to do more.

If you ask any parent, they will likely have a list of things they want for their child. There are limits to what we can do, but surely there are some things every parent can agree on. We want our children to succeed. We want our children to have the best we can give them. We want to give our children the tools they need to be self-actualized. They need a firm foundation, a head start.

So How Do You Do That?

The big question is, how do you do that? There is no better way than a great early childhood education! While people try to rank daycares and preschools in many different ways, usually in a haphazard way, the essential measurement is this: do the kids learn?

Since 1986, Grace Community School has a proven track record of measurable success. Other Pre-K programs use vague and arbitrary “success indicators” to supposedly measure whether or not the school is successful. But we use learning as our standard, and the results are impressive! Grace Community School students routinely score multiple grade levels ahead of where they “should” be. Children are capable of so much more than we usually give them credit for, if we only give them the opportunity and the tools they need!

Grace Community School students are frequently put in gifted classes when they enter public schools, and for a good reason. Our students, working at multiple grade levels ahead of where they would be in the public school, are frequently bored when they enter “regular” school; the material they already know entering Kindergarten will not be taught until years later in the public school!

The Skill Your Child Must Have

Of all the things children need to learn, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of reading. Reading is the skill upon which all others are based. If you can read, you can learn almost anything! More, teaching kids to read well is the best way to instill a love of reading in children. You wouldn’t enjoy doing something you couldn’t do well, would you? Unfortunately, millions of American children find reading to be a struggle. It should be no surprise that many kids don’t want to read – it’s hard! Children who learn to read early are more likely to become active readers when they are older. It also boosts children’s self-esteem; kids are justifiably proud of themselves when they can do something so monumental as reading.

Our Preschoolers Can Read!
Our Preschoolers Can Read!

The first five years of a child’s life are by far the most important developmental years — don’t waste them! The education given to a child in these birth-to-five years is the most far-reaching he or she will receive. Play is important, but so is guided learning. Grace Community School is far more than just babysitting!

Reading is the skill upon which all others are based.

Children at Grace Community School learn at their own pace. Because of this, they never become bored, and the level of instruction is always at the child’s developmental level; there is always something new to learn! Grace Community School does not teach “reading readiness,” only actual reading, with phonics. The one-on-one attention given to students during Reading Circles is key to the success of this program.

Foundations for Life

Students can continue their Grace Community School education by enrolling in our Kindergarten program. Our test scores indicate that bright students graduate their Kindergarten with as high as a fifth-grade reading level!

For children to succeed, they need a firm foundation, not only of academics but morality. The non-denominational Bible program at Grace Community School provides this. In addition to daily Bible Time, morals, virtues, and manners are incorporated into the curriculum. Children learn the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This moral learning is just as important for children’s development as the academic material; moreover, moral learning is the framework for social-emotional development. Kids are better able to learn when children behave courteously and work together in a safe environment.

Better playgrounds mean better learning!
Better playgrounds mean better learning!

The Grace Community School educational program also extends to children’s physical well-being. Physical development and learning about health are part of each day. Optional dance and karate programs are offered as well. Did I mention the free food? Healthy, USDA-approved meals prepared in an on-site kitchen help kids stay healthy and happy; kids who eat better, learn better. This great nutrition is brought to your children at no cost to you! Free food and time not spent packing lunches means more family time at home.

Kids and achievement

Get Paid to Help Your Friends!

Essentially, what Grace Community School does is give kids a big head start in life! You as a parent can give your child a great advantage that no one can take away, something they will always have with them — a great education. You would think that for a parent to give this kind of an advantage to his or her child would cost a fortune. At Grace Community School, the answer is no! Not only does Grace Community School offer a better education than any other preschool program you will find, but they also do it at the lowest cost to you! Even more, the Grace Community School advantage is something you can share. Right now, refer your friends and family to Grace Community School, and you will receive a $100 referral bonus! Instead of daycare, why not school? With your child at Grace Community School, you will experience the peace of mind that our more than twenty-five years of experience brings. As Southwest Florida’s leading childcare center, they are ready to serve you and your children.

Download the Grace Community School Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Childcare Center. If you’re not sure what to look for in a childcare center, or just want resources to help you out, this is the guide for you!

How to Choose the Perfect Childcare Center

Choosing Your Perfect Childcare Center Guide
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Choosing a childcare center can be an intimidating task. That’s why we’ve created a FREE downloadable Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Childcare Center.

In this exclusive Grace Community School guide you will:

• Learn how to choose the perfect childcare center for your child and your family
• Get help with deciding what you are looking for
• Get tips for building a trusting relationship with your childcare
facility
• Get additional childcare resources to make your childcare experience the best possible

 

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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

Download the Grace Community School App!

Download the FREE Grace Community School App

Grace Community School has an app! It’s completely free, and available from both the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android. With the  Grace Community School App you’ll be able to see photos and videos from the schools, get the lunch menu, receive alerts for dress-up days and parties, contact your Grace Community School location right from the app, and lots more!

Grace Community School App Features

  • Push notifications!
  • Alerts for dress-up days, parties, and school events!
  • Updates right on your phone!
  • School news!
  • Photos and videos!
  • Call and email your school directly from the app!
  • School calendar!
  • School menu!
  • Access forms and checklists!

Download the Grace Community School App

Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad

Google Play for Android Phones and Tablets

 

Stay up to date with the Grace Community School App on your phone and tablet!
Stay up to date with the Grace Community School App on your phone and tablet!
Access important school content 24 hours a day or contact your school location right from the Grace Community School App!
Access important school content 24 hours a day or contact your school location right from the Grace Community School App!
You'll get alerts and messages right on your phone and tablet!
You’ll get alerts and messages right on your phone and tablet!
Even choose which school locations to get alerts from!
Even choose which school locations to get alerts from!

Already have the app? Great! Be sure to tell your friends — click the “Share Our App” tab right in the app.

Announcement: Showtime! 2017 Graduation Program

Showtime! 2017 Program Logo

We at Grace Community School are excited to bring you Showtime!, our 2017 graduation musical program featuring our students and including our Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies!
We have some all-new songs in this show, and the kids are already practicing. The theme for this program is Broadway.

The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids! The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids!

We love doing these musical programs! Click here to see some of our past shows. You will get to see all our Pre-K and Kindergarten students performing their musical acts and showing you the things they have learned this school year. Some other classes will also participate, so be sure to ask your location or look for the signs up in the office.

The shows are free, and you can bring as many people as you want. Tell the grandparents! Just come early to make sure you get good seats. Please note that performers need to be there thirty minutes before show start times.

It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Going along with our program are the new 2017 Whale Shirts, available now at all locations. These are the dress code for the Showtime! program.

2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts
The 2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts are available now!

We will have more details about the shows as it gets closer. Stay tuned to our social media and sign up for our email list, so you never miss a thing.

2017 Showtime! Program Locations, Dates, and Times

May 20
Charlotte Performing Arts Center
3:00 pm

May 27
Estero High School
11:00 am Fort Myers
1:00 pm Bonita Springs
3:00 pm North Fort Myers / Cape Coral Miramar
5:00 pm Lehigh Acres
7:00 pm Skyline

Gulf Coast High School
11:00 am Naples Park
1:00 pm Golden Gate

Lights, Camera, ACTION — Grace Community School’s YouTube

Grace Community School YouTube

At Grace Community School, we love photos, but sometimes a video is even better! One of the great things about living in the modern age is how easy it is to make videos. So we make a lot of them! We post frequently on our social media channels, but we put our best videos on the Grace Community School YouTube channel.

The Grace Community School YouTube channel is a great way for you to see more about our programs. We love making videos where our students are the stars!

From the Whale March to our Summer Camp water slides, you can see all the fun we have every day at Grace Community School.

And check out our reader videos. That’s right, Our Preschoolers Can Read!

Find Grace Community School on YouTube, like and subscribe! The subscribing part is important because that means you’ll get an email notification whenever we put up a new video.

Grace Community School Summer Camp 2017

Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!
Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!

Summer Camp for Ages 1 through 11

As Low As $60/Week

You need a place for your kids to go this summer and Grace Community School is ready to help. Summers should be special times for kids. Thanks to Grace Community School, summers are now affordable, enjoyable, and safe! While we are open year round, we have special summer camp programs for school-age children, and now for younger students, too!

Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!
Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!

Who is Summer Camp For?

Grace Community School now has summer camp programs (subject to availability) for kids ages 1 years through 11 years. We are enrolling now, but space is limited. Once enrollment is full, we will take a wait list.

What Does Grace Community School Summer Camp Offer?

Hours of operation for full-time Summer Camp are 6:30 am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp runs May 30-August 11, with enrollment starting now.

NEW FOR 2017: PART-TIME SUMMER CAMP FOR AGES 1 TO 4, STARTING AT $60/ WEEK — Gracie’s Summer Splashtastic Camp!

New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!
New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!

Ages 1 to 4 years of age can enjoy the Grace Community School Summer Camp experience in a special part-time program. Choose either 8:30-11:30, or 2:00-5:00 each day, with plans starting at $60/week.

Summers are more fun at Grace Community School! We’ve been in operation since 1986. That’s more than 30 years experience in Southwest Florida! Complementing our year-round learning activities, some of the special activities include:

Keep scrolling to see the 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp Theme Week Schedule

Fun dress-up days!
Fun dress-up days!

One of the best parts about the summer is the fun theme weeks we do. Every week has its own fun theme like Pirate Week, Hawaii Week, Carnival Week, and Super Hero Week. Along with the theme weeks we have parties, games, bounce houses, dress-up days, and other special events. A mix of student- and teacher-directed activities and art projects keep kids interested and occupied.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Check out all of Grace Community School’s New Playgrounds!

Sign Up for Grace Community School Summer Camp

We anticipate a lot of demand for Summer Camp this year, especially the new part-time program, so sign up before we start a wait list! Enrollment forms are available now at all Grace Community School locations.

Beat the heat this summer and bring your summer camper to Grace Community School.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 5-11 Registration Form

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 1-4 Registration Form

Tell Your Friends and Get a $100 Referral Bonus

What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

We’re glad you asked! While you can “settle” on many things, you don’t want to settle on childcare. Since 1986, Grace Community School has been offering the best childhood education that money can buy. We are the Southwest Florida community’s recognized leader in early childhood education.

Infants and up at Grace Community School!
Infants and up at Grace Community School!

We accept children from infants through age 11 (for after school and summer camp), with full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs.

Instead of Daycare, Why Not School?

We’re different! Instead of babysitting, our school days are filled with active, engaging, intensive learning; organized games, music instruction, and more.

Child with Math Achiever certificate
Grace Community School’s advanced learning program gives your child the tools to succeed.

We are proof that a program can be academically advanced, developmentally appropriate, and fun at the same time.

Bright children graduate from Pre-K at Grace Community School reading at the fifth-grade level. Even average children are reading at the first-grade level, as proven by nationally-recognized standardized tests. This is because our phonics education program is second to none.

Child with reading books
Our Preschoolers Can Read, and they are very proud!

At Grace Community School, children learn to read as young as three years of age. Students not only learn the letters but more importantly the sound that goes with each letter, along with a clue word to help them remember. By breaking the alphabet down into smaller sections and providing individualized instruction, children learn quickly and progress through the Reading Circles at their own pace. Because the kids learn at their own pace, they are never pushed too fast or held back; the instruction is always right at the child’s individual level. The result: kids who read! The certificates and books the kids take home keep parents informed of their children’s progress, and the kids love them!

Grace Community School also has advanced math instruction along with a variety of certificates and levels to celebrate our student’s mathematical achievements. Karate, dance, and music classes are available, too! Most importantly, Grace Community School provides daily non-denominational Bible instruction and curriculum-integrated character development study – an uncompromisingly Christian education.

Child on monkey bars
The best education and the best playgrounds!

There’s More!

We have Kindergarten, too! You can choose Grace Community’s top-notch learning program, which builds upon what your child has learned during Pre-K, continues the fantastic Bible instruction, and helps your child to achieve ever-higher levels of academic and developmental success. Just think about how advanced your kindergartener will be after graduating from Grace Community’s Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. You can continue giving your child the education and care he or she deserves, including Grace Community School’s reading program. An uncompromising education shouldn’t be unaffordable. We understand how tough things are in this economy, and we want to help. Grace Community School has a variety of ways to help parents via our financial aid program, multi-child discounts, and referral program.

Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!
Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!

And we have Summer Camp!

All this, and a whole lot more: free registration, free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks, free after school transport from some local public schools, free weekly photo program, free yearbook, and free twice-annual musical programs.

Stop By Today!

We invite you to call any of our nine beautiful facilities. We’d love to give you a tour so you can see firsthand how Grace Community School can offer the ultimate in early childhood education for less money than competing daycares. We look forward to serving you and your family!

We are family at Grace Community School!
We are family at Grace Community School!

See More About Grace Community School’s programs at http://www.gracecommunityschools.com

15 Reasons Why You Should Give Your Kids Music Lessons

15 Reasons Why You Should Give Your Child Music Lessons

Are you on the fence about whether or not to enroll your child in music lessons? Here are 15 reasons why you should give your kids music lessons!

1. All Kids Can Benefit to Some Degree from Music Lessons

Even kids who don’t grow up to be Mozarts can benefit! This includes children of all ages, backgrounds, and talents. While children have many different interests and abilities, the benefits listed here still apply. Here are some more reasons to give your kids music lessons!

Child with trumpet.
There are so many benefits to kids music lessons!

2. Music Lessons Boost Skills in Areas Beyond Just Music

You might think that learning music just leaves you with children who have music skills, but there are many areas that benefit children way beyond just being able to play an instrument or sing. These skills help children in a multitude of ways. From improved social and language skills to increased concentration, people who take music lessons have improved quality of life.

3. The Benefits of Music Are Long-Term

Like riding a bicycle, many things you learn from music classes stay with your whole life. While a child might forget certain specifics of music, the cognitive and other benefits remain into later childhood and adulthood.

Child at keyboard
The things kids learn in music lessons stay with them throughout life.

4. It Builds Discipline and Self-Control

Being able to play an instrument is no small achievement, and one that doesn’t happen without improvements in self-discipline and self-control — considered to be one one the most important traits for success in every area of life. You’ll be better at everything with more self-discipline.

5. Kids Music Lessons Sharpen Children’s Senses

Participating in music is a multi-sensory experience! A good musician has to use ears (to listen), eyes (to read music and pay attention to the instructor/conductor), and touch (to work the instrument). Every sense improves with practice, and this spills over to other areas that kids use those senses.

Kids with rhythm instruments
Making music sharpens kids’ senses!

6. Music Lessons Boost Children’s Language Skills

Not just because of singing, but the area of the brain that handles music includes language skills. When kids get better at music, they get better at language, too. Also, the self-discipline required to learn an instrument boosts overall learning capacity.

7. Music Is an Area of Learning With Immediate Feedback

When you are playing a piece of music, and you make a mistake, you know right away! It’s unmistakable. Few areas of endeavor have such amazing immediate feedback.

Child playing a keyboard.
Few things provide such immediate feedback as music lessons!

8. It Can Boost a Child’s IQ

All that increased cognitive ability from kids music lessons we’ve been talking about? It actually boosts IQ scores That’s amazing! While high IQ is by no means the only indicator of success in life, it is important.

Kids music lessons can provide boosts in IQ, math, and language scores.
Kids music lessons can provide boosts in IQ, math, and language scores.

9. Music Allows Kids to Express Themselves

Few things give children the opportunity to express themselves like music does. Kids love music, and music lessons help them do it better. In particular, kids who are more introverted or find difficulty expressing themselves in other ways can turn to music as a creative outlet.

Kids express themselves through music!
Kids express themselves through music!

10. Music Lessons Can Physically Improve a Child’s Brain

The increased concentration ability, self-control, and math-language skills that come along with kids music lessons are the result of actual physical changes in the brain — which is why these benefits are long-term.

11. Performing Music in Front of Others Helps Kids Become More Confident and Helps Them Overcome Shyness

The best cure for stage fright is practice at performing in front of others! And the earlier kids gain access experience doing this, the better. They learn that making music is fun, and not something to be intimidated by. A by-product of this is increased confidence in other social settings.

12. Kids Music Lessons Boost Math Skills

In addition to helping with language abilities, music lessons boost math skills. In particular, learning how to play a musical instrument has been shown to help kids do better solving math problems. Even listening to music during a math test seems to have some benefit!

13. They Boost Standardized Test Scores

Really! This effect has been documented in multiple studies. It’s almost incredible how something as seemingly ordinary as music lessons can do so much. And don’t forget…

14. It’s Fun!

Maybe we haven’t pointed this out enough yet, but music is fun. Music — performing it, listening to it, and learning it — provides enjoyment. Music makes kids happy!

So much fun!
So much fun!

15. Music Provides a Lifetime of Enjoyment

Unlike more physical activities, music isn’t something that requires great athleticism to perform and enjoy. Nor is it something most kids will “outgrow.” The benefits and fun of music lessons are here to stay for a lifetime.

So What Else?

Here’s a bonus reason to give your kids music lessons: we have them here at Grace Community School! That’s right: Grace Community School has music lessons! These are fun 30-minute sessions where students learn the basics of music theory and get experience with a variety of musical instruments, including piano. Learn more about Grace Community School kids music lessons here.

Further Reading

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/twelve-benefits-of-music-education/

http://www.wheaton.edu/CSA/Lessons/Long-Term-Benefits-of-Music-Study