Friday, July 8, 2011

Summertime Fun and Learning at Love And Grace Christian Academy

Summer is a time when children at Love And Grace Christian Academy enjoy regular field trips, take swimming lessons, and enjoy playing on three large, well-equipped playgrounds.  Children continue to spend part of every day on academically enriching activities during the summer, some of which are so much fun that kids might not notice how much they are learning.
Tyric, age 12, built his own roller ball game since school was out.  He also made a five foot by two foot model of a city, equipped with every convenience. 

Two-year-old James has learned all the words to "This Little Light of Mine," and he enjoys singing it to the delight of his teacher and friends. 

Sade surprised her teacher, Ms. Teresa, this week with her exceptional artistic abilities. She drew a whale.

All the children ages four and up had an enjoyable learning experience on their trip to the library for an animal show Wednesday - Kopp's Kritters.  They learned about and actually interacted with a rabbit, a snake, and a slow-moving tortoise.

Friday's field trip was to Chick-Fil-A for its annual "Cow Appreciation Day." Chick-Fil-A gives free meals to customers who participate by dressing up head to toe like a cow. What fun! On Thursday, the children used arts and crafts supplies to make cow masks and create cow spots: black ones for white t-shirts and white spots for black t-shirts. Our  children arrived at the academy Friday morning wearing black and white and making impressive "moooo" sounds.

Next week's outings will include the Hands-on Fair on Tuesday, a reptile show on Wednesday, and a festival on Friday.  There will be many other educational activities, with lots of fun and games in between.

Mark your calendars!  On Friday evening, August 5, Love And Grace Christian Academy is having a fish fry, barbecue, and car wash fundraiser.  There will also be a yard sale.  Please plan to come have dinner with us and leave with a clean car.  Your children will enjoy bouncing in the Moonwalk and sliding, swinging, climbing the monkey bars and playing water games. Nothing beats a merry-go-round ride on a summer evening, unless it's a juicy barbecue hamburger or fish dinner with an icy Coke.

Can you think of anything more enjoyable than hearing your children laugh?  You deserve an evening with no worries about preparing dinner or dishes to wash.  Join us and give your family one more fun-filled summer event before heading back to school. Enjoy your evening with us between 5PM and 8PM on August 5, or just stop by and pick up your dinner and get your car washed.  We look forward to meeting our neighbors and getting together with our students' families.  Love And Grace is a nonprofit organization. Donations and gifts are appreciated and tax deductible, as applicable by law.  Please drop off your donations for the yard sale during Open House week July 25th through the 29th.

Summer 2011 is flying by. Now is the time to make arrangements for the coming school year.  Open House at Love And Grace Christian Academy is scheduled for the week of July 25 through July 29.  Children enrolled at Love and Grace have their spiritual and academic development carefully tended by Christian administrators, John and Cleotha Griffith, education and childcare professionals who have provided exceptional services to DeKalb County residents for 29 years.

Thousands of children were carefully nurtured by the Griffiths at Love And Grace and at Love Thy Children Christian Childcare Center on Rainbow Drive, which is under new management. The Griffiths now give their full attention to Love And Grace students. You are invited to tour our academy and meet Mrs. Griffith, if your family needs childcare for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school for students up to third grade.  We also provide before and after school programs with extra curricular activities.

Love And Grace gives children a spiritually based educational experience using A Beka Christian-based program. Children from newborns to age 12 are accepted. The academy provides transportation to and from area public schools, and we are at your service for teacher work days and school holidays.
Every day begins with morning devotion at Love And Grace. Children receive nutritious meals, including a hot breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Each area in the academy is designed and equipped for children's safety and development according to their ages. Our low ratio of students to teachers ensures that infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school students have the attention they need to thrive. After schoolers receive homework assistance so that parents and children can enjoy quality time together after their long days apart.  Following homework, students enjoy a game of baseball or playing on playground equipment and computer fun. Television is kept to a minimum, but we occasionally enjoy a Disney classic or Christian cartoons like Veggie Tales.

Each area of Love And Grace has a good library with books and educational games suitable to the age groups that use them. Following structured classes for the little ones, and upon completion of after schoolers' homework assignments, children spend time outside daily except during inclement weather.  Teachers engage the children in educational games, and toys are everywhere!  The academy is such a loving, fun-filled environment that some children cry when Mommy and Daddy come for pick-up. They sometimes persuade their parents to let them stay just 15 minutes longer.

Thank you for visiting our first blog! We are excited about sharing news from Love And Grace with academy parents and the community. Photos, videos, and a virtual tour of the academy will be added, so please visit often.  Our photographs will feature present and former DeKalb County residents who attended Love And Grace during their formative years. You may recognize some of them, and you may even be one of the children whose parents cared enough to place you in the Griffths' competent hands while they worked. One of Love And Grace's former students is a teacher at the academy now. When she has children, they may also attend.

There is nothing more rewarding than helping children grow spiritually and academically to live the lives that God ordained for them.  A positive, well-rounded early school environment helps promote a lifelong love for learning.  For the Griffiths, providing the community with quality childcare and education is more than a business; it is their mission.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House the week of July 25 and at the cookout fundraiser on August 5.  For your convenience, the schedule for DeKalb County School's first week and a link to reach the entire schedule are posted below. Library information is also posted. May God continue to bless you throughout July 2011!

DeKalb County Schools
Board-Approved School Calendar 

THE DEKALB COUNTY LIBRARY ~ Information for DeKalb County Public libraries is available at this link: