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December 14, 2009

Time for a New Joy School Semester!

It’s hard to believe that the first semester of Joy School is almost over and it will soon be time to start a new semester. If you have friends or family member who would like to join you this semester please encourage them. The following is a blog post by our daughter Shawni who has done Joy School for many years with her children. She included Joy School at the top of things that she is thankful for during the Thanksgiving season, especially since she isn’t teaching for the first time in many years. We hope this brings back memories for you as well or if you’re thinking about starting a Joy School this semester it might get you started. To check out Shawni’s blog which is guaranteed to make you feel better about being a mom, go to

Here are her thoughts:

I’m thankful for Joy School. And Thanksgiving makes me miss Joy School because we sing one of my fav. Joy School songs to celebrate this month. It’s called Thank You Pilgrims and it’s “to die for!”

Once again, I’m a little biased about this, but it has been such a great experience for me to get to be the preschool teacher for each of my four oldest children. It is a cooperative preschool where the moms in the group take turns teaching. I have adored having that structured time to be with my kids, getting to know their friends, bonding with my friends (the other teachers), and teaching what I believe is the most important thing to help children starting off in their school career: Joy.

Joy of the Body.

Joy of Imagination and Creativity.

Joy of Honesty and Candor.

Joy of the Earth.

Joy of Service.
(Just a few of my favorites.)

I love the nature walks. I love making green eggs and ham. I love acting out “Hats for Sale.” And I love how excited my kids get when it’s at our house, and their mother gets to be their teacher. Boy howdy. That’s fun…most of the time…unless you have eight boys in your group…not so fun. I wouldn’t recommend that particular type of Joy School…

Anyway, just want you to know if you’re looking for some good bonding, teaching, warm-heart stuff, check it out at

We wish all our Valuesparenting family a very Merry Christmas. To our Joy Schoolers, we have our fingers crossed for a memorable and meaningful Joy School Nativity play. Please send pictures at the contact us button. We’d love to publish some prize winners on this blog.

December 6, 2009

Thanksgiving re-visited

We forgot to post this last week so we hope you are still thankful as you plunge into the Christmas season! The Eyres send best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!
The Eyres’ Thanks-Giving
Thanksgiving is about seeing and sharing blessings.
We believe the best blessings are beliefs,
So let us forward a score of our fondest to you in the form of forms,
And in a format that tries, humbly, to raise the common denominator
Enough to perhaps, in the mind at least, re-form reality.
Because sometimes, in the mode of thanks-giving,
We are lifted out of the material world
Toward a higher awareness, a broader perspective,
Our form of success is relationships,
Our form of independence is interdependence,
Our form of control is serendipity,
Our form of recreation is re-creation,
Our form of ownership is stewardship,
Our form of leadership is service,
Our form of self-help is personal inspiration and guidance,
Our form of confidence is faith,
Our form of marriage is eternal commitment,
Our form of deja vu is a pre mortal life,
Our form of freedom is agency and truth,
Our form of children is brothers and sisters,
Our form of God is Father,
Our form of family is an envelope within God’s family,
Our form of service and giving is consecration,
Our form of meditation is prayer,
Our form of death is birth,
Our form of ultimate source is living prophets,
Our form of peace is the Holy Spirit,
And finally wherein our form of wealth is friends,
Among which we count you, and wish you, with love,
Happy Thanksgiving, 2009
The Eyrealm: Richard and Linda in Park City, Saren and Jared Loosli +5 in St. George, Shawni and Dave Pothier +5
and Josh in Phoenix, Saydi and Jeff Shumway +3 in Boston, Jonah and Aja +3 near Seattle, Talmadge and Anita in
Mozambique, Noah and Kristi +2 in New York City, Eli and Julie in Washington DC, and Charity in Provo. (Also Eva
and Adam Timothy +3 in Newburyport and Eldar and Courtney Maximov in Ithaca.)

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