Nature Indoors and Outdoors

Our creeping lily classroom plant rarely blooms. When it does, the blossom only lasts one day. Today we discovered three blossoms.

Outdoors was a winter wonderland of ice on the trees. It shimmered and glistened. We felt like we were in a fairyland.

“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.” -Albert Einstein-


About Jennie

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.
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47 Responses to Nature Indoors and Outdoors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    What a beautiful flower. So nice to have natural beauty inside and the special beauty of the season outside your door. I hope these children appreciate four seasons.

    • Jennie says:

      I have wondered if flowers that rarely bloom and only last for a day are more beautiful. I think they do appreciate the four seasons! Thank you, Dan.

  2. That is such a pretty lily! Too bad its bloom is so short. All the more precious, I suppose.

  3. Mike says:

    Who says winter is barren?

  4. A very pretty flower, Jennie. Your world is so barren and cold looking. It never looks like this in South Africa.

  5. Norah says:

    It’s good to always be surprised by the gifts of nature around us. Beautiful!

  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    Bare branches covered in snow or frost are one of my favourite memories..something I don’t see here and those beautiful Lilies…A perfect scene 🙂 x

  7. L. Marie says:

    Awww! These photos are beautiful! I love lilies. And the snow on the trees–so beautiful!

  8. One-day lilly blooms: Often beauty is fleeting – another lesson in the (he)art of ‘seeing’ and being in the moment.

  9. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is beautiful!

  10. srbottch says:

    Jennie, an Instagram friend wrote, ‘Enjoy Winter’ and it made me think that despite the harshness if it, Winter has so much nature to enjoy. And we should! Thanks for the reminder.

  11. To take the time to let the children soak up the wonders of nature both inside and out is a gift in itself. I’ve never seen that kind of plant. Beautiful.

  12. Mabel Kwong says:

    Lovely shots of the creeping lily and the outdoor winter wonders. It does look like a fairyland, and maybe you will have a few more days like those 🙂

  13. beautiful winter pictures and I love the Einstein quote.

  14. This is so spiritual because nature is reflective on both the outer life (the environment) and our inner life (our spiritual relationship with nature).❤❤❤❤❤

  15. Amazing! Think the children were happy to see.

  16. Sarah says:

    How lovely! Precious little beauties! 😊

  17. brianlazanik says:

    Great photos and quote. Thank you Jennie.

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