Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck – Childhood and Summer, Then and Now by Jennie Fitzkee

Sally shares my stories and memories of summer camp, thunderstorms, singing, and more.

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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18 Responses to Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck – Childhood and Summer, Then and Now by Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Norah says:

    This is a very special post, Jennie – capturing the essence of childhood past (is it ever really past?) and sharing it with childhoods present to enrich so many futures.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I will leave a comment over there, Jennie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. What a marvelous post to re-share, Jennie (and Sally). I hope the present summer will create wonderful memories.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Teagan. It still doesn’t feel like summer yet. A cold and rainy spring means beautiful nature, but not yet summer. Soon! 🙂

  4. Wonderful post and you make a good argument for the similarities. I am awed that you teach preschool. I’ve done that, lasted no time at all. It must be the hardest job I’ve ever tried.I ended moving into management with KinderCare, building new preschools that I didn’t have to work in! That was by far the easier job.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Jacqui! The similarities flow because good experiences over generations, like camp, are the same. Yes, teaching preschool is probably the hardest and most wonderful job. Every day I have to be physically and mentally sharp, open my heart to children, make their experiences meaningful… it’s a long list. If I can bring joy and even my memories into the classroom, I am a far better teacher. Best to you!

  5. smilecalm says:

    a wonderful teaching expression!
    i have a deep admiration for teachers!
    started my public health career teaching
    nutrition education for preschools,
    head starts & day care centers
    across the state of Calif 🙂

  6. Elizabeth says:

    “Camp Namanu sure to shine, all of the time.” Yes summer camp was the best, cold water, outdoor privies and all.

  7. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for resharing this, Jennie!

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