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.
What better education could there be?
You are so right!
No caption needed on that pic, Jennie! You’re doing great work with the children!
Thank you, GP.
Great to see them all enjoying a book.
Best wishes, Pete.
The best part is that the children gathered to read on their own. No teachers.
Great to see that! 🙂
Perfect!! And they say kids don´t read books anymore. Here is proof that they do.
Proof, indeed, with no teacher interference. Thank you, Darlene.
Beautiful and harmonious picture of children absorbed in books and art.
❤ ❤ Love it!
Nothing pleases me more than the sight of a child with a real book in their hands! In this digital age they are confronted with so much technology that books seem irrelevant to many. My 4 yr. old grandson, Benjamin, and I share books every single day. It is an important and enjoyable part of our day together. Thank-you!
It is so hopeful to see children independently reading, because they want to. I’m glad you and Benjamin share books together every day. It is more important than you realize. I highly recommend “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. The “why” stories are right up your alley, and the second half of the book are book recommendations. It was my go-to when my kids were little, and much more. Is Benjamin an old four, meaning closer to five? If so, he is ready for chapter reading. 🙂
I purchased “The Read-Aloud Handbook” at your suggestion on a previous post and it was a worthwhile investment. Benjamin is not yet 4 1/2 yrs. of age. Reading to him was initiated in infancy and always preceded naps and bedtime each night, whether with me or at home. Naps are a bygone event, but afternoon book time has continued. He knows some books so well that he “reads” them to me and his parents. His library, here and at home, contains old favorites and is constantly enlarging.
Wonderful, Ellen! Makes my day to hear this, both “The Read-Aloud Handbook” and your reading ritual with Benjamin. He might enjoy “My Father’s Dragon”, always a popular read aloud to four-year-old boys. Thanks so much!
Thank you, John.
Thank you, Deborah. 🙂
You’re welcome Jennie!
They are so cute, Jennie.
Love it, Jennie: the advice, the photo, everything!
I’m so glad!