Magical Shared Moments

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart.” --Winnie the Pooh Many of you have heard me talk about the gift of the preschool age and how it is one of the few age groups where each moment is filled with awe as they experience new things, even those which have … Continue reading Magical Shared Moments

Fun Summer Learning Activities

With the end of the school year and the finish line in sight, it is time to think about the days of summer. As a kid, summer should have plenty of outside time and hopefully lots of unstructured play with friends. The longer days allow for more family time. So what are some good summer … Continue reading Fun Summer Learning Activities

The Importance (and Fun!) of Outdoor Play

It would be hard to argue against the fact that today’s children spend significantly more time inside than outside. On average, American children spend four to seven minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play and over seven hours a day in front of screens. As parents, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements showing us all … Continue reading The Importance (and Fun!) of Outdoor Play

Global Issues Day at Athens Academy

Students work on a watershed remediation project during Global Issues Day. Water is a resource we take for granted every single day, from tasks as simple as brushing your teeth, cooking a meal, and even just filling up your pet’s water bowl. According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack clean and safe water; … Continue reading Global Issues Day at Athens Academy

Roots and Wings

Spring is always a welcomed time of year for most people because it brings with it warmer weather, longer days, nature’s color spectrum, and newness. For students and educators, it signals the final push of the academic year when classes culminate, seasons end, and performances finish. It is a time when we can simultaneous look … Continue reading Roots and Wings

Professional Growth through School Collaboration

When one thinks about professional development, images of conferences, workshops, and other traditional forms of training are likely to spring to mind. While these kinds of opportunities continue to serve Athens Academy’s faculty and staff well, school visits are another form of professional learning that have proven to be both popular and influential among teachers … Continue reading Professional Growth through School Collaboration

Athens Academy’s Gestalt

A few times a year, the entire faculty and staff gather together on Faculty Development days to discuss our school and the current trends in education. While the faces on the faculty and staff have changed over the years, what remains true is that each one of us contributes to the gestalt of Athens Academy. … Continue reading Athens Academy’s Gestalt

Little Children, Big Topics

One of the most exciting things about working with and raising preschool-aged children is that at any moment their actions and words can either be so innocent or so profound. In those moments where their small voices say something wise beyond their years or ask a question that most adults avoid, our reaction is usually … Continue reading Little Children, Big Topics

Big Town, Small Landfill

How Athens, Georgia, is a microcosm for the world's trash problem Note: Junior Charlotte Luke recently won a Gold Key Award in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for this article, which originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of The Spartan Review.      I live in Athens, Georgia, a city of approximately … Continue reading Big Town, Small Landfill