If you’re like me, you’ve heard of The Goddard School before but aren’t exactly sure what it’s about. Plus, with so many wonderful early childhood education options here in West Michigan, you may be wondering what sets Goddard apart from the rest. Here’s the scoop on what makes The Goddard School unique:
Celebrating 29 years of the most current, academically endorsed methods, The Goddard School offers a nationally recognized program hailed by many as among the best. Through an innovative play-based learning curriculum, The Goddard School ensures that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.
Each year, The Goddard School reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 460 schools, in 35 states across America. With so many testimonials of happy children and parents, you know it’s got to be good!
Five Things Families Love About The Goddard School
Here are a few things that draw families to The Goddard School!
1. Playing to Learn: A Proven Method
The Goddard School’s carefully researched philosophy is that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. To that end, the school’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® (Fun Learning Experience) Learning Program has been developed to help students reach their fullest potential while having a blast.
In addition, The Goddard Schools are led by an Educational Advisory Board (EAB), an accomplished group of educators, researchers, and experts in fields such as child development, early learning, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement, and health and nutrition. The EAB provides The Goddard Schools valuable guidance and support to plan for the future, and ensures that each family in every school is receiving the best early learning programs.
This means that your family will have not only the support of the school you attend, but also guidance and support at local and national levels as well.
2. Awesome Teachers
A great teacher can make all the difference, and only the best teachers are hired and trained by The Goddard School. These teachers receive ongoing professional development and collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. Your children are in the most capable and loving hands!
3. Flexible Times & Locations
Here in Grand Rapids, we are privileged to have not only one, but two Goddard locations–one on the southwest side of town and the other in Cascade. Families also have the convenience and flexibility of extended hours and the choice of either half or full-day schedules.
4. Unique Enrichment Activities
The Goddard Schools are known for providing activities that aren’t just your average programming. The goal of enrichment activities is to foster your child’s self-esteem and set the foundation for a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. In the Grand Rapids locations, you’ll find activities such as:
- Yogaroo (Southwest campus only): Children learn various yoga poses during class to help develop healthy emotional regulation, encourage physical development, and have fun!
- Music Mondays (Southwest campus only): In this exciting class, students will sing and dance their way into self-confidence and grow a love for music.
- Chess at Three: Students as young as three can experience the benefits and joys of playing chess! Through an interactive learning environment that harnesses the power of storytelling, Chess At Three students master the game of chess while also learning about sportsmanship, literacy, chess history, and math.
Check out the events pages for the Southwest and Cascade locations to see more enrichment activities!
5. Summer Camp
The summer camp at Goddard incorporates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts into fun, one-of-a-kind experiences for your child every day! Through a broad range of programs and mini-camps, both inside the class and out in the world, every student will have the chance to explore, learn, invent, and create, discovering their untapped potential. Both Cascade and Southwest locations will be offering camps this year. Call 616-954-7550 (Cascade) or 616-202-2777 (Southwest) to reserve your spot today!
With so many reasons to love, The Goddard School is an excellent choice for early childhood education. If you’d like to learn more, click on the links below for the location most convenient for you!
Do you love The Goddard School? Leave a comment with anything you’d like us to add!