Playground tree at school


Rebirth and beauty

Watching children grow

A teacher’s world

A child’s playground


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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35 Responses to Spring

  1. Ritu says:

    How lovely Jennie!🌸🌸🌸

  2. willedare says:

    So glad you captured this glimpse of heaven in a photo — and in words! I have been admiring the cherry trees in our neighborhood for the past couple of days. They are especially beautiful with blue sky behind them… I also love the way that a handful of blossoms can cluster at the very end of skinny little branches! Thank you for sharing your words, your vision, and your spirit with us.

    • Jennie says:

      This tree was so ready for children to marvel at its cluster of bursting blossoms. It certainly was a glimpse of heaven. Thank you, Will.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Between the joy of spring and the promise of summer, this has to be the best time to be a child.

  4. I can smell it in the air: someday soon you will be teaching future poets, too!
    (yes, I know, you have already, but it just seemed a comment in keeping with the spirit of your poem)

  5. Spring inspires us outside our comfort zones. 🙂

  6. beetleypete says:

    You have captured a joyful time in your school year so well, Jennie. Lovely to read.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. This is such a lovely poem, Jennie.

  8. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful Jennie. 🙂

  9. ren says:

    Beautiful! Straight from the heart. You are a pro!

  10. Norah says:

    There’s both beauty and truth in your words, Jennie. What joy!

  11. Sarah says:

    Rebirth and beauty indeed! Happy Spring, Jennie!

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