by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove resident Linda Ray may be only 3 years old, but she knows what she likes. Linda started classes at the Brightest Stars Preschool in March.
â€œThere isn’t a day that my daughter doesn’t come home raving about Miss Amy,â€ Jan Ray said.
â€œMiss Amyâ€ is Amy Peters, educator and owner of the Brightest Stars Preschool, located in Sugar Grove. The preschool opened in September 2008 with morning and afternoon classes.
While some other preschools and day care centers are seeing a recent drop in their enrollment, Peters said that if anything, she is gaining students. She said she thinks it is because her classes are educational.
â€œParents will give up other things to continue with their child’s education,â€ she said.
Peters’ goals for the children are to help them gain the skills, confidence and independence that will prepare them for kindergarten, and supplement the learning experience of half-day kindergartners.
Although the parents like Brightest Stars because the children are learning, the children like it because they are having fun.
Peters sings and plays the guitar and other instruments, and incorporates music and movement, as well as puppets and sign language, into many of the activities she does with the children.
â€œI love seeing them light up and they don’t even realize they’re going to learn,â€ she said.
Interspersed with the music, the children have opportunities to explore the computer, learn basic math skills, create art projects and practice writing.
Parents may choose the combination of days their child attends the school, as well as how many days per week, based on availability.
Linda recently attended a session Peters offered free of charge at the Sugar Grove Public Library. The theme was spring, and focused on birds and flowers and rain.
Youth services manager Sarah Barbel said Peters added two sessions so everyone could participate.
â€œThere’s always a big waiting list (for her programs),â€ Barbel said.
Peters said she will offer monthly programs once the new library is open, and has scheduled two summer sessions through the Sugar Grove Park District as part of her community outreach.
â€œI always say after each session, ‘I don’t know who had more funâ€”me or the kids,’â€ Peters said.
Brightest Stars Preschool
474 Division Drive
Sessions are Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3 p.m.
For more information, call 466-8668 or visit
Miss Amy combines music and movement for preschoolers at Brightest Stars Preschool in Sugar Grove. Photo by Susan Oâ€™Neill