It’s that time of year to sign up for Joy School! We hope that those of you with preschool age children are considering this amazing program that over 200,000 families have participated in since 1980.

August is the month of the birthday of Ruth Eyre, grandmother of the Eyre family and patron saint and writer of the original Joy School curriculum. Ruth passed in 2013 and her great legacy is kept alive by Joy School and by the recent total revision and update of her wonderful lesson plans.

August is also the month that most people sign up for Joy School, so we came up with what we think is a wonderful idea: A sale for new members that starts just before Ruth’s birthday (August 9 – she would be 95) and allows something that Ruth would like – for more families to have Joy School for a little less money.

So here’s how it works: Click here to instantly share this promotion with your friends on Facebook. Then, before 11:59 pm on August 11, go to the Joy School order page, select the “New Member, Entire Year” option, and enter the coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout to get $20 off of your lifetime dues and membership for Joy School 2.0. This will make the full cost $130 instead of the already low $150.

You may want to try to form your Joy School group during this sale so that all moms will benefit from this special sale. Of course, you will still be able to add other moms to your group after August 11 at the regular price which is lower than it has ever been, but this is just a nice little additional price break for those who are all ready to go now.

It also gives us a chance to celebrate the wonderful, child-centered life of Ruth who not only took our book Teaching Your Children Joy and turned it into a full blown preschool curriculum but who opened the original Joy School in Logan, Utah and taught thousands of preschoolers over more than 20 years, all the while perfecting and improving the lesson plans (the picture at the top of this message is Ruth teaching Joy School at that original Joy School in Logan). Thank you, Ruth! You are a noble lady indeed, and your work and your legacy live on!

This sale also gives us the opportunity to honor Wendy Murdock and Andrea Burgon who did so much work on the original music and art for Joy School, and Corry DeMille and Lia Davis who were the administrators for Joy School for more than two decades. And another big shout-out to our daughters Saren Eyre Loosli and Aja F. Eyre who did the major rewrite, modernization and update of Joy School 2.0 which we are all now able to enjoy!