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

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

Happy New Year!

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Let us help you with your New Year’s resolutions! Image: Canva

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.

Free yearbooks, and lots more!
Free yearbooks, and lots more!

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!

Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!
Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!

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.

Karate students
Karate Class is one of the special classes we have at Grace Community School!

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!

Get Organized

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!

Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!
Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!

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.

The best new year's resolution
The best new year’s resolution!

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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Unlocking Success at Grace Community School

Unlocking Success
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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.

Continue reading Unlocking Success at Grace Community School

And the Winner Is…

A month ago we invited our Grace Community School family to email us video testimonials to enter to win a week of free childcare at Grace Community School. We got some great videos, but sadly we could only pick one winner.

Here she is! Kristin Rhoad from the Fort Myers Grace Community School was the winner. She received a free week of daycare for her son, Cameron.

Kristin and Cameron from the Fort Myers Grace Community School
Kristin and Cameron from the Fort Myers Grace Community School

Here is her winning video:

Video Testimonial 3-30-16Another awesome video testimonial! Thank you for sharing! Tomorrow is the last day for video contest entries. Email your video to video@gracecommunityschools.com

Posted by Grace Community School on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered! Did you miss out on this contest? Don’t worry! We plan to do a different video contest soon. Stay tuned 🙂

Art Classes at Grace Community School!

An amazing new experience is coming to Grace Community School: Art Classes! Art Classes join Karate Classes, Music Classes, and Dance Classes as part of the complete Grace Community School package. Sign-up forms are available in your location’s office now, for children ages two years and up. These are thirty-minute-long weekly classes.

Art Classes FlyerSign up now to let your child experience this brand new activity from Grace Community School. These classes will be starting in two weeks, and we are getting a lot of demand, so don’t delay!

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2016 Yearbook Advertising

The 2016 Grace Community School yearbook is coming soon!

Yearbook GraphicWe 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.

Yearbook Pages
Feature your child in the 2016 yearbook or advertise your business! There are lots of ways to make your yearbook special.

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!

Yearbook Flyer
Make this yearbook the best ever!

Advertising forms are available in your location’s office or at this link!