Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And His Wisdom

charles french words reading and writing



“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.

Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”

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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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8 Responses to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And His Wisdom

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice selection from Charles. MLK was eminently quotable, that’s for sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ellen says:

    I almost suggested a children’s book about Martin Luther King, Jr. when commenting on The Poet’s Dog post. I hesitated because I did not wish to offend those who may not have the same appreciation for what Dr. King stood for as I do. The man was human and had flaws, as do we all, but this does not demean what he was trying to accomplish in our country. The book is one of a series called Ordinary People Change the World by The New York Times Best Seller author, Brad Meltzer. These books are for the K-3 group, age 5-8 years. “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.” is a book that Benjamin and I have enjoyed. There are many other “I am” books, including Jane Goodall, Jim Henson, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, to name a few of the ones that we often return to. One of my favorite Dr. King quotes : “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Thank-you!

    • Jennie says:

      I know this series, Ellen. Excellent books. Martin Luther King was one of the best. It’s hard to imagine someone who would not appreciate his wisdom, kindness, and words.

      • Ellen says:

        Sadly, there are still many that do not appreciate the man or his words. In present times it has become very noticeable again. So glad that you know of the books, I find them the perfect way to introduce history to Benjamin in a fun way. Thank-you!

      • Jennie says:

        Ellen, do you know the “I Was There” series of books? They are excellent, focusing on an event in history, not a person. Benjamin will love ‘being’ on the Titanic, etc.

  3. Kally says:

    This is so good and inspiring, Jennie!

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