There is something exciting, magical about this time of year. When the sun goes down and children are helping their families to carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, memories are made. Imagine being three and four years old, at school in the dark. We gathered together in a big circle with our jack-o-lanterns. Children were snuggled close to me, and to their families. Now, the sky was dark.
We sang songs. Oh, how we sang! We waved glow sticks. Tonight was filled with magic and memories.
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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Looks like great fun, Jennie.
The best! ❤️
Oh that sounds like such fun 😍
The best, Ritu. When school was over, Lucca (a child in my class last year) asked if she could stay for the party. Of course she had been part of the magic last year. Her dad said he had to leave or else he would cry. My goodness, those memories stick. 🙂
Sounds wonderful. I always have loved the dark nights coming in.
I love the dark nights coming in. Children got to experience this outside, in the dark, at school with mom and dad. That is a HUGE experience, one they remember. Thanks, Sue.
Walking to school and back in the dark… especially in the rain…. I remember that and its still always makes the world feel like a childhood Christmas 🙂
I don’t think I ever saw my junior school in the dark.
That must have been a great experience for your youngsters and their families. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
I don’t think I saw my elementary or junior high in the dark, either. Yes, it was a great experience for children and their families. The hard part is the children from the year before who still attend the school and have moved up to to Pre-K, and beg to attend. Their parents feel the same way, wanting to relive the memories. Thank you, Pete. Best to you.
So important Jennie!! Magic!
Yes indeed, Opher! Thank you.
What fun and I can just feel the excitement. Something they will never forget.
Thank you, Darlene. It was a memory builder and a terrific event.
What a great post, Jennie! I so agree that autumn is a great time of year. There are so many wonderful days. I am so grateful that your students can count on you to share the joy of the season.
Thank you so much! Autumn is a great season for making memories.
Jennie, this is wonderful!!!
Thank you, Charles!
Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
Here is another wonderful post from an excellent teacher–Jennie!
Thank you so much. Always an honor.
Wonderful post, Jennie.
Thank you, John.
That is so wonderful for these children. They will remember this all of their lives!
Thank you, Anne. 😊
The magic will live on in memories.
I think so! 🎃
I have no doubt.
Sometimes I fear Halloween might not have the same cachet for kids today that it held for our generation — losing the neighborhood trick-or-treating with all that adult decorating participation and the home-made costumes…There is nothing like it in my memory, and nothing like it today!
You are so right, KC. I feel the same way. One of my most popular Jennie Stories is The Halloween Story, when children went trick-or-treating alone. No parents. Homemade costumes. It was simple, wonderful, and the real, true blue scary. And, I had to go to a scary neighbor. Really. Oooo! Kids don’t get that neighborhood, down home connection. We were the lucky ones!
Thank you, Dan.
This sounds really kool
It definitely is!