Thank you, Sally, for sharing my story of reading aloud.
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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Reading to kids is as necessary as feeding them; it is nourishment for the mind.
Great stuff as always, Jennie. I left a comment on Sally’s blog.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thank you, Pete.
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
Thank you so much! I am very glad to have you meet Sally, as she is one of the very best. Best to you.
A great post to recycle as I for one hadn´t read it before. It´s so wonderful that Sally gives us this opportunity.
Yes, Sally is the best, always the giver. Thank you, Darlene.
I echo Pete’s comment – including leaving a comment on Sally’s blog
Have a great weekend, teacher!
Thanks so much, Laura!
Wonderful post, Jennie. I always enjoy hearing about the way you inspire and engage children by reading books aloud. ❤
Thank you, Diana. So glad you enjoyed my evolution of reading aloud. 🙂
Swimmy is such a great book! Simple but engaging and a great message.
Lionni is one of the masters!
He is! Did you know that he and Eric Carle were best of friends? Lionni hired Carle when he arrived in America.
If I knew it, I forgot it because it sounds new to me!!! That is so cool!
Reading aloud is magical for children.
Very much so. Best to you, Robbie.
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. 🙂
Thank you, Cathleen! Story really is how we learn about the world. I’m so glad to be a part of that with children. Best to you! 🙂
Wonderful, Jennie. I’m glad you got to share the post at the Smorgasbord, well worth sharing. Hugs.
Many thanks, Teagan. 😀
I enjoy all of your lessons and you feature some of my favorite books, Jennie. 🌸📕
Thanks so much, Robin! 🙂
You deserve to be recognized and have the distinct honor of your state and Jim Trelease recognizing you, dear Jennie. I’m proud to “know” you.
Those are endearing words, Robin, and greatly appreciated. Thank you! 😊
I’m glad to have the opportunity to have connected with you, Jennie. It fills me with good thoughts and memories. You’re welcome.
I could have said the exact same words about you, Robin. 🙂