Founder’s Blog

Spotlight on our Interim Director, Judy Kelley (3/8/2018) - We are very pleased to have Judy Kelley serve as our interim Director at Amazing Grace Preschool once I step down on March 15th. I first met Judy when I was doing research for a graduate class and performed an observation at the school she directed, Hancock Nursery School in Lexington. One thing led to […]
Jesus at Preschool (3/5/2018) - One of the greatest privileges for us as a teaching staff is to be able to introduce children to Jesus.  He invites them to come to himself for, “…the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  (Matthew 19:14.)  Every day there are sacred moments in each classroom where children engage with God in a […]
The Value of Parent Involvement (2/26/2018) - Researchers have known for years that parent involvement in children’s schooling encourages educational success.  According to the National Education Association:  “When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains.”  (To read more see Parental Involvement Leads to Student Success.) We’ve seen this happen at […]
Learning at the Sensory Table (1/30/2018) - In a recent visit with our youngest children in the Butterfly classroom I was able to observe these children exploring the sensory table which was full of soft cotton balls, small colorful plastic animals, and scissor-like scooping tools. Here is some of the conversation that ensued:  “It’s a dinosaur.  He has spikes on the back.  […]
Dramatic play and abstract thinking (1/23/2018) - When children engage in dramatic play they are learning a whole new way of thinking.  Through trying on roles that are familiar to them, they learn empathy and communication skills.   They gain competence and confidence as they experiment with performing tasks they have observed.   They learn to love the amazing world of nature […]
Life-Long Learning (1/19/2018) - Over Christmas vacation I visited my 93 year old friend Marge, who made me think about life-long learning.  The mother of 9 children, Marge earned her college degree in the middle of her parenting years.  She brushed this off, saying: “There were only 5 or so at home at the time.”  She went on to […]
Achieving the (Nearly) Impossible Together (1/15/2018) - On our playground last week, there was a buzz of excitement from a group of children working together to push a very large snowball up a hill.  Their goal was to get the snowball to perch above the rock at the top of this incline.  This child-initiated project started with a small, dedicated group of […]
Christmas Cheer (11/29/2017) - Today as Gina and I were working in the office, the Dragonfly class walked by singing “We wish you a merry Christmas.”  As they passed the Grasshopper door Ms. Ruth opened it and cried out: “Christmas Carolers!” She kept the door open while the Dragonflies sang another verse of the song to the listening Grasshopper […]
How Tall are you in Pumpkins? (9/23/2017) - As part of their exploration of  pumpkins these past two weeks, Explorers have been measuring their height in mini pumpkins.   Using alternative units of measurement (one of the objectives in our EEC Guidelines) promotes flexible thinking and helps children generalize about the purpose of measuring items in the world around them, including themselves.  The […]
Teachable Moments (9/8/2017) - Yesterday I visited the Dragonfly classroom and a teacher opened the windows to let in the fresh air.  At that point there was a rather noisy truck in the parking lot with hoses snaking their way from it to the door of the building.  When the children wondered what that truck was doing several hypotheses […]