The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!


I am deeply honored to have received a second Spirit Animal Award Nomination.  A heartfelt and sincere thank you to Charles French at I say this  with the utmost of gratitude and thanks.  The award speaks to the spirit, and is a reflection of writing that inspires.  If you have not visited Charles French’s blog, please do.  His writing and posts are the best.  Really!

The  rules of the award:

*Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to his/her blog.

*Post the award picture on your blog.

*Write a short paragraph about your blog and what it means to you.

*Answer this question: if you could be any animal, what would it be?

*Choose and notify ten nominees

What does my blog mean to me?

My blog began a few years ago, compiling my numerous newsletters to my preschoolers’ parents and families; they reflect all that really matters in teaching children.  My blog has become a platform for stories of how the moments of ‘what happened’ are far more than just a moment.  I write with heart and excitement, because I am ‘there’, to be a part of terrific learning experiences, especially reading-aloud, art, music, geography, Gloria, patriotism… it is a great list!  My blog is my lifeline; it reflects making a difference.

What animal would I choose to be?

I would be a dragonfly, with swift, quiet iridescence.  This animal is one of the oldest in existence and those who gaze upon it do so with admiration.  A dragonfly allows others to touch and be a part, for a moment.



My Spirited Nominees:

*Jed-Off the Record at

* Norah Colvin at

* Prof. Mitch at

* Terry at

* Jonna Ellis Holston at

* G.P. Cox at

* Robert C. Day at

* M.L. Kappa Letters From Athens at

* Roberta Pimentel at

* Sue-Space, Time, and Raspberries at

Once again, thank you to Charles French at Charles French Words Reading and Writing


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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22 Responses to The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!

  1. Tanya Cliff says:

    Congratulations, Jennie. The drangonfly was an excellent and beautiful choice, imo!

  2. Jennie, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    Frank over at Dutch Goes The Photo does a sweet weekly photo challenge, and the focus this week is”blue”. Your dragonfly photo would fit right in! If you’re interested 😊


  3. Sue Ranscht says:

    Congratulations on your award! I love the idea of being a dragonfly — they’re so varied and beautiful and free. And thank you for thinking of me to pass this on to, Jennie!

  4. Norah says:

    Congratulations on your award, Jennie. I love the reasons for which you started and continue your blog. A dragonfly is an excellent choice. As you say, they have been around for a long time. Those 2-metre dragonflies back in prehistoric times would have been awesome. Blue is my favourite colour so the iridescence of the wings of the one in your photo is very appealing. Thank you so much for nominating me. I’ll see what I can do – no promises though. 🙂

  5. jonna ellis holston says:

    The luminous Dragonfly, what a great choice. They are said to bring life changes and the double wings allow then to change course rapidly, useful qualities for a teacher to have. Congratulations, Jennie and I am honored to be nominated by you.

  6. spearfruit says:

    Congratulations, Jennie and thank you for the nomination, I truly appreciate you considering me. Have a happy day my friend! 🙂

  7. Many congratulations! What a lovely post! And the dragonfly is one of my favourite animals, too! It´s so elegant and lively at the same time and perfect for many artful things like jewellery 😉 Especially art noveau used its beautiful form very often. Have a lovely sunday! Sarah 🙂 xxx

  8. “My blog is my lifeline; it reflects making a difference.”

    Congrats…and yes, you do make a difference.

  9. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for your very kind words, and I loved your answers!

  10. reocochran says:

    You definitely embody Spirit, Jennie. You are so open and sharing of your lessons with the preschoolers. You inspire others to try to incorporate deeper meaning into younger children’s lives. Children grasp far more than we give them credit for doing so. 🙂

  11. Bun Karyudo says:

    Congratulations on getting your award. I actually saw a blue dragonfly just about two hours ago! They are beautiful creatures. 🙂

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