Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee

Thank you, Sally, for sharing my story of reading aloud.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share another wonderful post from pre-school teacher Jennie Fitzkee. This week the joys and benefits of reading aloud for both child and teacher…or parent.

How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee

My very first day of teaching preschool in Massachusetts, thirty-two years ago, was both career and life altering. Lindy, my co-teacher, asked me to read the picture books to children each day after our Morning Meeting. Sure (gulp)! I was new, scared, and unfamiliar with many children’s books. I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother. I still remember the page that opens sideways, with the brother who could stretch his legs. One book, and to this day I remember it vividly.

The book I read to the children on that first day of school was Swimmy, by Leo…

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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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30 Responses to Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Opher says:

    Reading to kids is as necessary as feeding them; it is nourishment for the mind.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Great stuff as always, Jennie. I left a comment on Sally’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Dina says:

    Lovely post! Thank you for reblogging and introducing Sally to us. I love reading aloud and even more, listen to someone who reads to me. 🙂
    Wishing you a lovely weekend. x

  4. Darlene says:

    A great post to recycle as I for one hadn´t read it before. It´s so wonderful that Sally gives us this opportunity.

  5. I echo Pete’s comment – including leaving a comment on Sally’s blog
    Have a great weekend, teacher!

  6. Wonderful post, Jennie. I always enjoy hearing about the way you inspire and engage children by reading books aloud. ❤

  7. Luanne says:

    Swimmy is such a great book! Simple but engaging and a great message.

  8. Reading aloud is magical for children.

  9. Terrific post, Jennie–and of course I’m cheering you on all the way. Story is almost a primal way to learn, and I firmly believe we’re hardwired to find out about our world in this manner. Your students are lucky to have someone who practices a love of story with them daily. 🙂

  10. Wonderful, Jennie. I’m glad you got to share the post at the Smorgasbord, well worth sharing. Hugs.

  11. reocochran says:

    I enjoy all of your lessons and you feature some of my favorite books, Jennie. 🌸📕

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