Best Job Ever – Story Epilogue

Since that wonderful day last week, when a child asked me to sing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, there has been more.  The music exploded in ways I never expected. Well, it was more than the music.

The child’s parents were thrilled (an understatement) that I found the song on my old Beatles album and played it for all the children, holding hands with everyone as we sang along.

They returned the favor and gave us a new children’s book of the Beatles song, “All You Need is Love.”

This is more than a book.  It is the lyrics to the song, perfectly Illustrated for children.  The book is simply marvelous!  I read it aloud to the children, that is I sang it aloud.

I have the 45, the single record.  I can’t wait to play the record and show children the insert that makes a 45 work on a spindle.  And then we’ll learn about speeds and we’ll change the sounds on the record.

Music makes life come alive, doesn’t it?


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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71 Responses to Best Job Ever – Story Epilogue

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great to see you and the kids on the video, Jennie. I could tell just how much attention they were giving to the book and song. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Norah says:

    Gorgeous, Jennie. I was just as transfixed as the children. What a great book illustrating a great song. The children are learning so much in this life lesson.

  3. Jennie that was beautiful, I applauded at the end, wonder you didn’t hear me LOL.. The Beatles one of my favourite bands here in the UK, being a teenager when they were popular. 🙂
    So loved hearing you Sing to the children, made my day! ❤ 😘💗👍

  4. So beautiful… you made me cry!

  5. This is wonderful! Such a good idea to keep building lessons on the interests of the children, including this great music.

  6. They’ll probably never see another 45 rpm record or hear it played.

  7. I’m with Jan, it almost made me cry too. What wonderful parents that little boy has. All the children benefit from that gift. Loved hearing you sing on the video. 😉

    • Jennie says:

      Singing the book nearly made me cry, too. I am still overwhelmed that the parents found this book and gave it to the class. What a message of understanding and support. They are wonderful parents. Best of all, every child benefits from that gift. Maybe Beatles Paul would like hearing me sing this song, since I was madly in love with him in ‘64, ‘65… ha! 😀 In all seriousness, it is a song every child needs to hear. Thank you, Marlene.

  8. Opher says:

    All you need is love – and there’s plenty of it there!

  9. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful book! I absolutely love the video of you reading/singing the words.

  10. The family that belts out Beatles Tunes in the car is the family that…well let’s just say it’s lotsa fun! Sounds like you have a like-minded family in your class this year – HA!
    So glad you’re having the time of your life this year with this lesson – you’re such a great inspiration! That book is a keeper 🙂
    BTW: I noticed the Kmart price tag on your 45! I remember when my best friend and I would scavenge the record bins for those discs with a punched hole in them at the Kmart and/or Woolco signifying a reduced price…got many of my 45s that way!

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, the family that belts out the Beatles… 😀 What a priceless gift from a very grateful family. They couldn’t believe that I brought in the album the next day to play the song he loved. And the book is excellent! And this lesson is so much fun – for children, too. As to the 45, I found it on Amazon. Wouldn’t you think that the song would be on one of my six Beatles albums? Nope. Things happen for a reason, and I’m glad that I got a 45. Playing it on the record player for the children will be all new – can you see me introducing the large hole vs the small one on an album that fits onto the spindle? It will be as thrilling as introducing those 33’s. Thank you, Laura! 😀

  11. Sarah says:

    It certainly does, Jennie! 😄

  12. Great, Jennie. I see you got that 45 at Kresge. (or K-mart). Best place for records then. I still say your children and parents are so lucky to have you.

  13. Great, Jennie! You always have the best ideas. I remember every school lesson we got the possibility listen to music, or watching films. But best every – very rare too – was singing well knows music. Michael

  14. Thanks for posting the video! I enjoyed seeing you in action.

  15. Dan Antion says:

    Showing them a 45 – now that’s a history lesson, Jennie. This has been a great series to follow.

    • Jennie says:

      I can’t wait to show the 45, because all they have ever seen are my 33 record albums. I’ll start with why is it so small, and why does it have a big hole? Definitely history! Thank you, Dan.

  16. The Hook says:

    It certainly does.
    Where would we be without all varieties of music to help us navigate life?

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, where would we be without all sorts music? It is the navigator of life and and the collector of memories. Honestly, I feel/know this every time I sing with children. Thank you, Hook.

  17. The Hook says:

    Great video, by the way!

  18. I love music, Jennie. I would be right there holding hands and singing along.

  19. L. Marie says:

    Oh so awesome, Jennie! I love that the children have you!

  20. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is so wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing this–you are such a good teacher, and the kids love you!

  21. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is the latest part of “Best Job Ever” from Jennie!

  22. Have you read Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr yet? Just thinking there’s yet another book-music combo awaiting your magic touch!

  23. I still have fond memories of putting on my parents records and dancing around. Music made for a wonderful childhood!

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