The Official Grace Community School Blog (you’re on it now!) has been running since 2015. We’ve got a lot of content. If you’re new to the blog or haven’t poked around here in awhile you may be asking, “What should I read?”
We’ve put together a list of some of our best articles from the blog archives, sort of our “greatest hits.” Just click the links below.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
As parents, we want to give our kids all the advantages we can. Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference. For example, there is a simple way to boost a child’s learning that is neglected by many parents but can make a huge difference, not just in a child’s education, but in nearly every area of a child’s life. This one thing:
boosts learning and mental well-being
helps prevent obesity
reduces childhood illness and aids recovery from sickness and injury
builds stronger muscles and bones
increases life expectancy
Even better: this is something Grace Community School helps our students with automatically, and at no charge! This one thing is your child’s nutrition.
Is Food Really That Important?
Is the food your child eats on a regular basis really that important? In a word: yes. Food is fuel. You are what your eat. From ancient times we have known that food is vital to good health, just as important or more so than physical exercise. The World Health Organization estimates that almost half of all childhood deaths are linked to malnutrition.
Grace Community School offers FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Our nutritious USDA-approved meals are prepared fresh onsite daily. For free. Better nutrition means kids who can tackle the challenges of childhood with ease. The result is kids who play better, learn better, are sick less often, and have more fun! Did we mention that it’s free?
You Can Know Exactly What Your Child Eats at School
The simple-yet-powerful technique of providing healthy meals for kids is a superb way to boost a child’s learning and increase the overall quality of life, including improved energy levels and resistance to illness. Again, this program is free at Grace Community School!
We provide this breakfast, lunch, snacks and drink program for all Grace Community School students ages one year and older. Not only does the free meal program benefit our 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! You’re busy. And we help by providing it all free! Learn more about enrolling your child in our programs at www.gracecommunityschools.com.
Does your child already attend Grace Community School? We will reward you for sharing the great news about a Grace Community School education! The Grace Community School referral program pays YOU to refer families to us, $100 at a time!. Click one of the share buttons below top share this with your friends, and make sure they write your name down as a referral when they come into any one of our nine convenient Southwest Florida locations.
It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions! While we probably can’t help you with your weight loss goals, we may be able to help with some other stuff. Here’s how can Grace Community School help you be better this year.
Wait, Grace Community School Will Pay Me?
Getting the family finances under control is a critical resolution! We have worked hard to keep our prices as low as possible, including offering extra-low introductory rates for new students. We think being kinder is another great thing to aim for in the new year. Here’s how we can help: the Grace Community School referral program makes helping out friends and coworkers a piece of cake, and it helps you with your financial goals! Refer a family to any Grace Community School location, and once the child has attended for two weeks, you will receive $100 on your account! There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. That’s right: we will pay you! That’s being kind to both yourself and others. The $100 referral is a great deal, and it’s even better because students at Grace Community School enjoy so much more than basic care!
There’s No Way All of That is Free!
When we list all the things you get at no charge as part of Grace Community School’s programs, people are often skeptical. All of that can’t really be free, can they?
But they are! We’ve even had people call us up and ask, “How do you do it?” The “freebies” offered at Grace Community School include free yearbooks, weekly photo program, twice-yearly school programs, free food, and non-denominational Bible Time.
To Your Health!
Maybe the number one New Year’s resolution people have is to live healthier. You’re on your own with that one, personally, but we can help your kids! All Grace Community School students receive FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Our USDA-approved food program does so much! Kids who eat healthy meals are less at risk for getting sick and have more energy to play and learn. These benefits last long past childhood. In addition to tasty, healthy food, Grace Community School students enjoy physical exercise and our beautiful playground areas. We all know the importance of physical activity, and we make it fun for the kids!
New Year, New Fun For Your Kids
Have more fun in the new year! Learn something new! Your kids can do both of those things at the same time with Grace Community School’s special classes.
Grace Community School’s Karate Class helps kids build self-defense skills and discipline while getting exercise in a fun environment with an experienced instructor. Dance Class teaches the basics of ballet and jazz while improving coordination, motor, and social skills with an experienced instructor. Art Class gives your child a fun art experience and project to take home each week. Our students explore instruments and express themselves creatively in Music Class while they learn the basics of reading notes and rhythm.
We are enrolling now in these classes, so ask your location’s office for the sign-up forms!
Do you want to be more organized in the new year? Staying organized is tough for families. Do you have kids in elementary school? With the kids spread out all over the place, the day gets hectic. But wait! Grace Community School has before and after school programs — we pick up from many local public schools (you can find a full list on our location pages here). Instead of making multiple trips to pick up the kids in the afternoon, imagine getting all of your kids in one spot!
The Best Resolution A Parent Can Make
Money, health, fun, and organization are all wonderful thing, but let’s be honest: as parents, we make our kids the number one priority. Here is an excellent New Year’s resolution: “I want to do everything I can to help my kids succeed, now and in the future.” That is something worth doing. What is most important for a child’s future success? Some things stand out. These include having a loving family, support from parents, and something Grace Community School is famous for teaching: reading! We can help with that.
Reading is the foundation for every other academic pursuit. Without fluent literacy, all subjects are hard. Superior reading skills make even challenging academic topics approachable. The benefits extend beyond school, however. Kids who learn to read well and learn to read early do better in life in general and a love of reading provides a lifetime of enjoyment. Grace Community School’s phonetic reading program gives kids the tools they need to succeed.
Along with our advanced math program and the rest of our curriculum, our students participate in an unmatched whole-life education.
We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your children. Remember: we’re more than a school, we’re a family! We hope and pray that you have a blessed and happy new year!
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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 next year’s pre-K if he or she has turned or will be turning four years old by September 1, 2017.
Some locations also have spots available for the current Pre-K school year. Again time is of the essence.
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.
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!
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.
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
Many people don’t know that while Grace Community has a great daycare program, we also feature wonderful before and after school care programs as well, for a great price! We welcome kids up through 11 years of age at all of our nine convenient locations in Southwest Florida from Port Charlotte to Naples. In the commuting age, it’s very common to work in one city and live in another. And neither of these places may be close to where your child attends school. With the job market being what it is, you probably don’t have a choice. It’s important to have a safe place for kids to be able to go to after the school day is over. School hours don’t mesh well with the shifts many people are asked to work, and for many people, there are no friends or relatives who can pick up the kids. Let Grace Community help!
Grace Community School provides free transportation to and from many local public schools. You may have seen our fleet of vans driving around town. It’s our job to make sure your child has a fun, safe experience.
Before and After School Care Benefits
We keep the kids busy! Grace Community School before and after school care includes:
help with homework
self and teacher-directed activities
non-denominational Bible time
free afternoon snacks and drinks
After homework is done, the kids have a range of options open to them: computer time, art, games, outdoor play, and more! You can be secure knowing your child is in a safe, healthy, caring place. Work is hard. Finding a great place for your child to be while you work shouldn’t be!
Many of our parents tell us how convenient it is to pick up all their children including the older kids at one place! Students who move from our Pre-K and Kindergarten can continue the Grace Community School Bible Program.
Public Schools Served
Click on the links below to see the public schools each Grace Community School location provides service for:
Another thing to consider: Grace Community School has Kindergarten! When you factor in the cost of before and after school care and other costs included in Grace Community School Kindergarten, you can have our Kindergarten for $10 per week!
Before and after school care at Grace Community School is convenient, low-cost, and available throughout the school year. Interested? Give us a call today and we can help you set it up!
What do you want most for your child? As parents, we want lots of things for our children. We want them to feel secure and loved. We want them to be healthy, and happy. We want them to have friends and social skills. We want them to be educated. In short, we want our kids to succeed. Success is an all-encompassing goal, and dependent on so many things. Some of these things are outside of our control as parents, but there are many things parents can do to aid success, and Grace Community School is here to help.