Friday, October 21, 2011

Joy School!!

Grandpa and I got to watch two of our grandbabies in their first performance yesterday.
Watch Jonas and Téa with their fellow two Joy School students, Tage and Caden.
Two sets of twins!

I'm sure Téa will show joy in time.  :)  And despite how she acts here, she really does like us.

"The central belief of Joy School is simply that children, while in their most impressionable years, should be taught life's most important thing, various capacities for joy. A related belief is that children suffer not from being started in academic learning too late, but in starting too soon, before they have a basis of social and emotional self-esteem."           from

Does anyone know the year Joy Schools began? I tried looking it up on Google, even Wikipedia, but couldn't find it.


Sue said...

What a cute teacher and her students are adorable, each one!

I've got joy, too, after watching this!


Karen Mortensen said...

That was cute. Poor Tea. Does she have a future as a performer or waitress? That just cracked me up how she served Grandpa the cookie. Did he ever get one?

Anonymous said...

At least 20 years ago, because I had the book when Ben was little and he's 25. I loved the ideas in the book and the Eyre's other books, as well. Please share more joy school with us GH!

Dad and Susan said...

Have always loved Joy School. This was a darling video. Thanks for sharing. Love, Dad and Susan

Anonymous said...

Amy has got to be about the most relaxed and easy-going mother of 7 ever!! Kudos!

Scrapally said...

So cute! I remember those songs well! I did Joy school when my oldest daughter was 3 (she's 28 now)and my friend who started us does the illustrations for Joy School materials and she had done it for a few years before that, so it has been around awhile! So happy to see those little tykes having JOY!

Holly Decker said...

i think that the Eyre's invented Joy school? check out and ask her, its her mom.

also, i just cannot thank you enough for telling me about that Courageous movie- JEff watched it and it changed his life! thanks a million.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow what a cool video. Loved that you shared it with us.
I am going to share it with my DL.
Now I am off to read about your pumpkin smoothie. Never heard of that

grandmapeg said...

Such fun memories of the Joy School Days. We did Joy school with Becky in 1984 and I know it had been around for a few years before that. I'm glad Téa finally warmed up a little at the end of the program :-)

Eyrealm said...

This is the Eyres! Such a fun post! We had help from heaven along with a lot of wonderful people! Richard's mother wrote the original lesson plans and people came out of the woodwork to help with art and music. What fun to see it still going strong! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Great concept! The kids are so darn cute at that age! You gotta love the funny expressions! : )

Becky Jane said...

The belief behind Joy School is right on the nose!

'I Woody' was so cute too watch. He was really in to the costumes!

McKenna Heasley said...

I loved this video! Amy is so awesome! We just think she is the best Mom. I need to start taking tips from her for when Grant is older! Also, the twins both look so, so adorable! And they are getting so big!!! I can't wait to see them over Christmas!