On this blog we have previously talked about Math Circles, Grace Community School’s unique educational system for teaching math concepts and skills to our students. Because this program has been so successful, we are pleased to announce a new accompaniment to Math Circles: Math Achievers.
Like our Reader Achievers program, Math Achievers celebrate students who reach various milestones in their education. These include learning their shapes and patterns (Level 1), counting to 50 (Level 2), passing all the Pre-K Math Circle levels (Level 3), and counting to 100 (Level 4).
You may have heard about Grace Community School’s referral program. Refer a student to any one of our nine locations, and you get $100. It’s that easy. You can even do this for multiple families – there is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. Refer two families, that’s $200. Three families, that’s $300! (Ask your GCS location for questions about details and restrictions)
As the Southwest Florida economy recovers and the influx from up north continues, you have an opportunity both to do a good deed and get rewarded for it. You can get that $100 just for telling your coworkers about all the great benefits at Grace Community School. Don’t let your working associates’ children lose out on high reading scores and great Biblical values they can only get at Grace Community School. Have you heard the saying, “What goes around, comes around?” It’s truer than you might think. God rewards those who help His children, and there are much more than just monetary blessings from referring someone to Grace Community School.
The 2016 Grace Community School yearbook is coming soon!
We would like to let you in on a special opportunity. Each year we give our school family the chance to customize their yearbooks. Many people decide to feature their child, send a special message, or even advertise their business.
These yearbooks are awesome. Our yearbooks are very high quality, better than many public school yearbooks. Even better: each Grace Community School child gets a free yearbook for his or her family. Additional yearbooks will be available for purchase. It’s a great way to remember your child’s years at Grace Community, and all the friends they have made and fun they had. It is also a fantastic place to display your parental pride by taking out an ad congratulating your child on a job well done!
You can place a dedication, feature your child, or place a business advertisement in the upcoming 2016 Grace Community School yearbook for as little as $19. Make a memory that lasts a lifetime. This special opportunity only lasts until March 4, so please hurry!
Advertising forms are available in your location’s office or at this link!
On behalf of the thousands and thousands of children Grace Community School has taught over these past thirty years, we want to say a big “thank you” to our community! We couldn’t have done it without you.
The kids had a blast with cake, party blowers, balloons, and Gracie coloring pages. It was so much fun!
In addition to our unmatched education programs (including our Reading Circles and Math Circles) and extracurricular classes, do you know about all the other great services we offer, for free? At Grace Community School, you will find plenty of freebies, no-cost extras, and superior all-around values.
We are limited in the number of students we can accept, especially at these great prices, so you need to register as soon as possible. Your child is eligible for pre-K if he or she has turned or will be turning four years old by September 1, 2016.
Some locations also have spots available for the current pre-k school year. Again time is of the essence.
At Grace Community School we are proud of our “whole life” education. Basic to this whole life education are our reading and math programs. Our curriculum has a whole lot more than that, including manners training, non-denominational Bible lessons, song and story times, physical education, and organized games. That’s a lot, but did you know there is more?
We have a variety of additional fun, enriching programs your child can participate in:
Our American Kenpo Karate Class is a favorite of our students. By teaching self-discipline, Karate Class helps kids with behavior problems. Martial arts training increase kids’ coordination, strength, and flexibility. Students earn stars, belts, and stripes that they can take home as they progress through the levels. This is a great way for kids to get physical education, gain skills, and have fun at the same time!
Grace Community School’s Dance Class offers children the opportunity for exercise, development of motor and social skills, and muscle conditioning, all in an enjoyable environment! Each week kids learn the fundamental principles and techniques of ballet and jazz with their friends and our dance instructor. We also have an annual dance recital at our Christmas program!
In Grace Community School Music Class, kids learn the basics of music theory, reading music notes, and instrument playing. Music lessons build a child’s self-esteem, increase coordination, help with concentration, and even boost test scores. Music games make it fun to learn. Perhaps most importantly, being able to play music is an expertise that gives pleasure for a lifetime!
Piano lessons, available at some locations, are 30-minute, individual lessons in which students learn not only how to play songs, but also more advanced music theory and note reading — vital skills that apply to playing any musical instrument. It is amazing how much even young students can pick up! Our piano teachers use games and activities to keep things interesting.
These classes run year-round, and you can enroll at any time as long as we have space. Sign up for one of these programs, or all of them! For individual times and locations, you can click over to your school’s location page at www.gracecommunityschools.com. We do run waiting lists as needed, so ask your location for the sign-up form today to make sure your child has a spot!
We made it! It’s almost the end of 2015. What a great year! Thank you for making the journey with us. Please remember that Grace Community School will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2015 until New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2016. We open again on Monday, January 4. You can find the full 2015-2016 school calendar here.
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Our Christmas programs and gift exchange were extremely successful. You can find links to all our photo albums from the shows here, and for the gift exchange here. We had a couple thousand people come out for this year’s shows, and the crowds were enthusiastic! We couldn’t have done it without you. This has truly been a festive holiday season so far, and let us be sure to remember the reason for our joy:
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:4-10
Originally published in the September 2015 issue of The Whale’s Tale.
Sometimes when people call us on the phone they ask, “Are you a daycare or a school?” The short answer is that we are both. The long answer is that there are a lot of important differences between daycares and schools. These are differences that many people might miss, but are actually very important. What’s the big deal? Let’s go back to the beginning.
Grace Community School was founded in 1986 to be something different. We stood out from the crowd. Southwest Florida had daycares, but what it was missing was a place where young children could come to get an uncompromising education – this was not available. An education that was focused on learning and actually taught reading, while at the same time being fun and inviting. What came about was an extraordinary learning center – a true school. Schools are traditionally educational facilities, but not all are created equal. There is a difference between “schooling” and “educating.” Grace Community School is a school in the traditional sense in that education is in the forefront. At its simplest, a school is defined as “an institution designed for the teaching of students.” The key thing here is “teaching.” What you teach the students, and how you do it, is extremely important. These days people use catch phrases and fancy-sounding terms like “early literacy,” “emergent literacy,” and “reading readiness.” These things may not mean what you think! Daycares do not teach reading. Believing in the abilities of our students, Grace Community School from the beginning has taught real, actual reading. Children are capable of so much more than some people give them credit for. The learning program at Grace Community School has expanded to become a whole-life curriculum including music, physical education, martial arts, non-denominational Bible study, individualized math instruction, and more. Nearly thirty years have gone by, and we are still different!
What about daycare? If school is about providing a real academic program, daycare is about babysitting and basic care. In daycare, education is optional. There are no requirements, for example, that daycares teach actual reading. Sadly most daycares skate by with some “reading readiness” and a lot of toys. We have to do better for our children! Daycare programs are designed to prepare children for the public school, at best – which does not require literacy. Grace Community School students often graduate pre-k reading at a third-grade level. There is a very good reason one of our slogans is “College Can Begin at Two”! Our bright kindergarten students graduate reading at the fifth-grade level. Every child can learn to read — you just need to give them the tools. What are these tools? Phonics, individualized instruction, practice, and more practice! Grace Community School Reading Circles break the alphabet down into smaller groups so the kids can master one level before moving on to the next. After the alphabet and its sounds have been learned, then come the books. The result is preschoolers who can read! You won’t see this at ordinary daycares.
We now also have Math Circles at Grace Community School. Similar to Reading Circles, Math Circles help our students master mathematics one concept at a time, starting with basic geometric shapes and progressing to counting, one-to-one correspondence, addition, and more. Certificates are sent home for both Reading and Math Circles to celebrate our students’ achievements, and the names of these students are printed in this newspaper. We are proud of our students, and we know you are as well. That’s a lot of learning! Ordinarily, care and education at this level would cost more, but not at Grace Community School. Our low prices, special introductory rates, no registration fee, financial aid programs, and free food help keep costs reasonable. We know that is important for our families. Grace Community School has nine convenient locations throughout Southwest Florida. From Port Charlotte to Lehigh Acres and Golden Gate, there is a Grace Community School near you. Don’t forget about our referral program! Tell your friends and coworkers, and you can get $100 for referring a family to any of our nine locations. You can get more information about Grace Community School at www.gracecommunityschools.com, and why not start referring your friends today by clicking one of the share buttons below?