Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -The Best Book, Every Year by Jennie Fitzkee

Thank you, Sally. This post is the heart of my teaching young children. Reading aloud chapter books, especially Charlotte’s Web, makes a world of difference.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Very pleased to welcome back Jennie Fitzkee with a new series of posts from her Archives. Last year Jennie delighted us with tales from her pre-school classroom where the children learn about reading, music and art.

This week one of her go to classics each year and it is always popular with her children.

The Best Book, Every Year by Jennie Fitzkee

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Jennie, is chapter reading over?” That was Parker’s worrisome question today. He just wasn’t ready to let it go. “Can we read more?” Isn’t that question the Brass Ring? The one that validates not only chapter reading, but one of the best books, ever?

Children are authentic. They speak the truth, from the heart.

Every year I start chapter reading with my preschool class on ‘day one’. And, the first book I read is Charlotte’s Web. We have had only nine days of school and children are totally…

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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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15 Responses to Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -The Best Book, Every Year by Jennie Fitzkee

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great to see you featured, Jennie. I left a comment on Sally’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Oh my gosh, Jennie is the most wonderful teacher, whatever one’s age ,and especially for children lucky enough to have her for a teacher. Thank you, Sally, for having her very favorite book on your wonderful Smorgasbord Posts! Just lovely! 🙂

  3. reocochran says:

    I have always liked the book, “Charlotte’s Web,” Jennie. It has a lot to say between the beginning page to the ending one. I never liked spiders until I heard this read aloud. ❤ 🕷 🕸

  4. Norah says:

    This is a wonderful post, Jennie. You are such an inspiration. I love what you do for children.

  5. It is such fun when children start listening to chapter books.

  6. Well worth sharing at the Smorgasbord, Jennie. Great choice. Hugs!

  7. Tish Farrell says:

    A book that has stayed with me all my life, and I hadn’t really realised this until now. Must have a re-read. I love the way you use the story parts to open young minds to wider issues: one thing leading to another in the best story telling tradition. A launch pad – much in the manner of ballooning spiderlets going out into the wide world. Lovely, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      You said it well. It’s certainly a launching pad for opening minds. Hearing words spoken without seeing pictures is powerful. Best thing I do for children in my classroom. Thank you, Tish.

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