Remembering our Founder, Barbara Goy

Remembering our Founder, Barbara Goy

In October 2017, the founder of Preschool of the Arts, Barbara Goy passed away. Barbara was instrumental in her vision for developing Preschool of the Arts.  Many families in Madison have Barbara to thank for the wonderful early childhood education their children received. An excerpt from Barbara Goy’s obituary: Of the many interests that Barbara embraced in her … Continue reading

PSA and Mindfulness

PSA and Mindfulness

What do emotions look like? What do they feel like? How can the children express themselves, and how can they do it effectively? How do we help the children understand- where is my space and what is yours? How can we support them in realizing what their body needs, and how to support them in … Continue reading

Fall Trees and Leaves

Fall Trees and Leaves

On these beautiful fall days, the Art Studio likes to take advantage of the weather by drawing and painting outside. “En plein air” is a French expression which refers to the act of painting outdoors in natural light and capturing what the eye actually sees. The subject for our outdoor painting was a beautiful maple … Continue reading

PSA Monarch Madness

PSA Monarch Madness

Hundreds of caterpillars have crossed the hands of the children at PSA. In many classrooms, adult butterflies hang in full view to dry their wings, gaining strength to fly to Mexico. The Snowflake Room is the central hub for our monarch madness, they welcome adult butterflies that will live EIGHT times longer than all others … Continue reading

Alumni Summer Program and the Natural Environment

Alumni Summer Program and the Natural Environment

Each summer, PSA welcomes back a classroom of school-aged alumni for our summer program. For the school aged children, the summer means a return to the grounds they spent time on in their younger years. We believe that the environment plays a huge role in all children’s curiosity, play and learning.  Being back at Preschool … Continue reading

PSA Welcomes New Director, Ann Gadzikowski

PSA Welcomes New Director, Ann Gadzikowski

It is with great excitement to inform you that Preschool of the Arts has found a new Executive Director. Ann Gadzikowski brings a wealth of diverse educational administrative experience most recently at Northwestern University. A published author and talented musician, Ann will begin her new role October 2.  Below is what Ann shared about her new … Continue reading

Summer Intentions – Teacher as Researcher through Building

Summer Intentions – Teacher as Researcher through Building

During the summer, each classroom is asked to use one of five Reggio Emilia principles as an intention for summer school. The Orange Room felt most drawn to exploring the Role of Teacher as Guide and Researcher. We are focusing on facilitating children’s ability to represent what they know and imagine. To review and help … Continue reading

Summer Intentions – Free Flow Outdoor Art

Summer Intentions – Free Flow Outdoor Art

This summer, the Art Specialists decided to work more collaboratively, and to let the children work more collaboratively as well. Our intention is to delve into creating an environment that is free flowing and looks to support artistic, collaborative work between children from different classrooms for extended periods of time, and at will. Like the classrooms,  the art studio … Continue reading