Guest writer: Jennie Fitzkee – The Peanut Man

I was a guest blogger on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo, telling one of my first “Jennie Stories.”

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Teacher Jennie Fitzkee shares another of her ‘Jennie stories…tales she tells to delight the children in her care… and the child inside the rest of us.

“It happened like this… When I was in first grade, second grade, and third grade, there was a man who lived in my town- Doctor Tyler. Now, Doctor Tyler was old, really old. He was short and fat, and he had snow-white hair and a long white beard. He was a kind man. Do you know anyone who looks like that?

(Long pause, and inevitably a child says, “Santa Clause!”)

Yes! He looked exactly like Santa Clause. But he wasn’t. Doctor Tyler had a peanut farm. All summer long he grew peanuts. They grow in big bushes above the ground.

When the school year began, Doctor Tyler would come to school. Unannounced. The principal didn’t know when he was coming. The teachers didn’t know…

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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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8 Responses to Guest writer: Jennie Fitzkee – The Peanut Man

  1. beetleypete says:

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

  2. I,too, commented on Sue’s blog…congrats on being featured!

  3. What great fun the old fellow must have had planning his appearance each year! 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      I think he did, Marcia. My mother remembers him doing this when she was a child. So by the time I was in school, he was definitely Santa Clause old. Can you imagine this in school today? I often ask children if they have ever been excited and scared at the same time. That’s what happened. It really was the first story I told to children. 😀

  4. Great story, Jennie. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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