Alumnus Visit

A senior in high school,
“too soon too old”

After his trip to Italy, Wesley came bearing gifts- a Pinocchio for each child and a large Pinocchio for the class.  We learned that the story and character are from northern Italy.  In turn, we taught Wesley to sing “Old MacDonald” in Italian.

Thank you, Wesley.  You told me it seems like yesterday that you were a little boy in my classroom.  It seems like yesterday to me, too.

Why do they return and visit?  When I ask, they can’t put their finger on it exactly. I think I know why:

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou-

Thank you, Wesley.


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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56 Responses to Alumnus Visit

  1. beetleypete says:

    What a wonderful thing for Wesley to do for the class. It is no surprise to me why they come back, Jennie. It is because of you! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. delphini510 says:

    A sunny and warm story Jenny. It is great that Wesley came back and you shared gifts and fun.
    The positive feeling throughout is beautiful.
    You couldn’t have chosen a better quote than the one by Maya Angelou.


    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Miriam. It was very special. I have Maya Angelou’s quote hanging where I see it every day. It inspires me to reach out and really pay attention to children.

  3. Darlene says:

    It is so wonderful that your previous students return. I’m sure the current students love that too. xo

    • Jennie says:

      It is wonderful, Darlene. And, the children love it. I introduce the student first as a former Aqua Roomer. In that way, children have an immediate connection… even though they’re looking with saucer eyes. 🙂

  4. Darlene says:

    It is so wonderful that your previous students return. I’m sure the current students love that too. xo

  5. Good story, Jennie. Of course, he would want to return.

  6. I second John’s comment only with an added “DUH, of **course** he would want to return”
    I like that you so innocently don’t ‘get it’ but still…DUH.
    ps- the Pinocchio presents are precious.

    • Jennie says:

      Laura, you’re the best! How is it that you make me laugh and feel humbled at the same time? The Pinocchio presents were precious. And, I was just invited to his high school graduation. Wow!

  7. Isn’t it great to see students when they’re grown up and doing well!

  8. Jennie, I have no doubt that you are so loved by all of your students and that is so wonderful! Karen 🙂

  9. Dan Antion says:

    These visits must be very special!

  10. Léa says:

    I’ve no doubt that I’ve said it before but the spell you weave is a gift that each student will carry through their lives and hopefully pass it on as you have done. It doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  11. What a heart warmer of a day this is. You do make them FEEL so cared for they can’t help but want to return to that feeling and pass it on a bit. Wesley has a great heart.

    • Jennie says:

      Heart is what it’s all about, Marlene. It is so you, and yes it is so Wesley. Feeling cared for can make all the difference in the world. I’m blessed that these children return. Thank you!

  12. Opher says:

    The power of good teaching.

  13. magarisa says:

    Such a heartwarming post!

  14. Congratulations to you and to Wesley! You are definitely both my heroes now!

  15. I love Pinocchio, Jennie. I have a wooden puppet too. What a fun day.

  16. How wonderful that they want to come back and share their lives with the new generation of your children Jennie.. sounds like an amazing experience for Wesley and for you all too.x

  17. How wonderful that Wesley not only came to visit but brought gifts for the children!

  18. The Hook says:

    Good for you, my friend!
    You’ve helped shape Wesley into a fine young man, something we need more of in this world.

    • Jennie says:

      We definitely need more Wesley’s. If all children had a good foundation, there would be few problems in the world. Really. Growing up with with a foundation of love, problem solving, kindness, reading, and giving is the answer to, well, umm, pretty much everything. Thank you, Hook.

  19. Norah says:

    Beautiful! That’s the best compliment. 🙂

  20. How nice a really heartful share Jennie!

  21. what a testimony to your impact on lives. That my friend is golden.

  22. How sweet that the big kids come back to visit, Jennie. And what a fun learning experience for everyone. 🙂

  23. Annika Perry says:

    A precious day for you all and Maya Angelou’s quote captures the essence of all our life encounters! The Pinocchio figure is wonderful and I’m sure the children will all treasure theirs. 😀

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