WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER? Simply put, education isn't a one-size fits all endeavor. At Gift of Grace, we understand each child is uniquely designed by God and has distinct gifts, talents, and abilities. As we become lovingly involved with each child and family, we are able to meet their needs, encourage them, and bring out the most in every child.
Children have the opportunity to attend in-person school 5 days per week from 9:00am - 12:00pm or 9:00am to 3:00pm. Class size is limited, allowing for a more personalized learning environment.
WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY? Gift of Grace Montessori is a Christian school and, therefore, emphasizes Christ-centered teaching. The Bible is the integrating factor around which all activities and subject matter are correlated. Children are introduced to the things of God, so they might discover Him as a real and vitally personal part of their young lives. We believe that the early years in a child’s life are the foundation for future learning. Our aim is to provide an environment where children experience their happiest times. Recognizing the importance of balanced growth, teachers will provide opportunity for the Social/Emotional, Intellectual/Cognitive, Physical and Spiritual Development each child. WHAT CURRICULUM DO YOU USE? Our program is very hands-on and engaging. We use The Good and the Beautiful curriculum for core academic subjects as it beautifully aligns with Gift of Grace's mission, “to teach academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning."
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU TEACH? All subjects are taught from a Christian worldview and include, but are not limited to:
HOW DOES THE MONTESSORI CURRICULUM COMPARE TO THAT OF A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL? Montessori not only covers the nationally recognized standards, but also provides children with the tools and opportunities to learn much more. Gift of Grace is unique in that it includes a Christian component. The Montessori experience focuses on the development of the whole child. In addition to a solid academic foundation and learning Biblical principles, the children develop important attributes such as a love of learning, independence and responsibility, collaborative skills, grace and courtesy, confidence, and spiritual growth/development. Our main priority is to follow the needs of each individual child and customize the curriculum for him or her. This way the child is able to progress at his or her own pace while continuing to experience the joy of learning. At this age, learning encompasses a whole host of things in addition to reading and math - children are developing their motor skills, their social skills, their initiative, creativity, leadership, etc. They are laying down the foundations for future advancement. At Gift of Grace, our goal is for the children to experience and enhance their concentration, their independence, and their joy.
WHAT ARE YOUR SAFETY GUIDELINES? Since opening, the health and safety of our school community has always been the priority. Gift of Grace holds high standards of safety and cleanliness while maintaining a caring and nurturing environment where children can thrive. Proactively, we have taken steps to prepare for, take precautions against, and implement an action plan designed to minimize risk and maximize wellness at our school. Gift of Grace has a COVID-19 screening policy. Parents are asked to keep students home if they are exhibiting signs of infection, including respiratory distress, fever above 100.4 or confirmed viral or bacterial contagion. Our school is equipped with a Non-Toxic Air & Surface Decontamination System (Activtek) and our facility is sanitized daily in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Gift of Grace Montessori 8097 Vineyard Parkway Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009