The Presence of Wonder

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.  -E.B. White-

I do that every day at school.

…from morning

Watching the sun make colors come alive.
Children discovering ladybugs everywhere.  Each one is different.

…till evening

Snuggling together and watching the big sky.
Finding colors, seeing shapes and animals in the clouds.
Telling stories of imagination.

The presence of wonder is there.  We just have to look in order to see.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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54 Responses to The Presence of Wonder

  1. L. Marie says:

    I love that quote, Jennie. You are so right! Wonder is a necessity for children and adults. It’s sad that as adults, we sometimes leave wonder behind. ☹️

  2. Great Monday morning greeting, thank you teacher.
    I’m finding the color orange in these images…the wonder of the creator’s color palette!

  3. Beautiful post and quote, Jennie, and I just love that picture of the clouds – watching them and looking out for animals or other forms is still one of my favorite pastimes 😉 Have a lovely week! xxx

  4. beetleypete says:

    Good advice for us all to consider. I try to look for that wonder on my dog walks; everything from an impressive mushroom, to leaves sighing in the breeze.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Opher says:

    The ability of the human mind to wonder is surely one of our greatest attributes.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a powerful lesson to share with children.

  7. This is so beautiful, Jennie. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Darlene says:

    Perfect! May we never lose that ability to find wonder in everything!!

  9. What a wonderful quote and a great reminder, Jennie. Thank you! – Susan

  10. Libby Sommer says:

    exactly. couldn’t agree more.

  11. reocochran says:

    Oh, how lovely and excellent this quote and message from E.B. White and you are, Jennie.
    I like the way you found the leaves glowing with sunlight filtering through. . .
    I like how you mention snuggling and sharing the evening skies’ shades of plum and imaginary pictures.

  12. Tina Frisco says:

    A beautiful and inspiring post, Jennie. It would be fabulous to hang out with you for a day 🙂 ♥

  13. What a beautiful Ode to Autumn and the joy we see in it. How inspiring, Jennie. Just makes one what to appreciate Every Single Day. Beauty abounds every where, everyday, if we just take the time to look. So touching and so real. Thank you so much, Karen 🙂

  14. ~M says:

    Love how that one little leaf is floating across your picture… that’s a wondrous thing right there…. just being able to capture that. 😉

  15. Annika Perry says:

    Jennie, a wonderful quote to start your post and I love how you show us the wonder in your day…it is all around us if we just take a few moments out to notice. The photos are lovely, the first one a real sense of autumn and when a child what can be better than to be out playing in the sand! 😀😀

  16. I’m on my way out soon and now I will remember to look for the presence of wonder!

  17. Wonder-full post, Jennie. It’s a habit to cultivate and nurture for the rest of our lives. 🙂

  18. I can watch morning turn to evening all day long as the changes of mother nature occurs if I could

  19. dgkaye says:

    So true Jennie, we have only to look and appreciate the beauty we often take for granted. Stunning photos. 🙂 xx

  20. sruthimadhu says:

    These are amazing clicks! 😀

  21. Ali says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Wonderful image, wonderful words!

  22. Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    Indelibly Important re-blog today………

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