Guest writer: Jennie Fitzkee – The Spider Story

I was a guest blogger today sharing one of my infamous “Jennie Stories” on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo blog.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

“Oh, Sue. I need to tell you “The Spider Story”, one of the ‘Jennie Stories’ for my preschoolers. All true. That’s why children are glued when I say, “It happened like this.” The spider one beats them all, ” wrote Jennie in a recent comment.  As we are all children at heart and still ready for storytime, I asked Jennie to come over and share her Spider Story with us…

Children know when I tell a story, that if it begins with “Once upon a time”, it is pretend.  If it begins with “It happened like this”, it is real- something that happened to Jennie.  During lunchtime at school, children beg “Can you tell a Jennie story?  Please?”  Begging is probably an understatement.  When I begin, fifteen children are glued.  You could hear a pin drop.  I have at least fourteen stories I tell, and this one is a favorite.

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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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17 Responses to Guest writer: Jennie Fitzkee – The Spider Story

  1. srbottch says:

    I loved it. What is it about spiders?

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    So glad you came over and shared that one with us, Jennie 🙂

  3. Yikes!!!! Yes, bugs are bigger in the South – currently sojourning in SC I can attest to that! HA!
    I especially like your story intros that help to distinguish between ‘pretend’ and ‘real – it happened to Jennie’.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Great story, Jennie. I left a comment on Sue’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Darlene says:

    A great story. I commented on Sue´s site.

  6. Great story, Jennie. I love animated story-telling. I left a comment on Sue’s site too making fun of you stomping on Charlotte and all her babies. 😀 All in fun.

  7. I’m back to the tablet so I’ll just say how wonderful you are a guest on Sue Vincent’s blog. What a great way to differentiate between the two types of stories. I love your stories too.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Marlene! Stories make everything come alive. They go straight to the heart, don’t they? I’m glad you enjoyed this one– more to come!

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