The Presence of Wonder

The sky is always changing.  Look away for a minute and there is a new canvas of beauty. School ended yesterday, and now I have more time to delight in the constant beauty that Mother Nature provides, from my porch and backyard.  Yes, E.B. White, I am always on the lookout for the presence of wonder.


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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53 Responses to The Presence of Wonder

  1. Keeps you young too.

  2. ksbeth says:

    Life is a wonder

  3. Relax and unwind and enjoy your nature show at home. I’m glad you have a break now. You’ve worked very hard and deserve a rest.

  4. cindy knoke says:

    Yes, E.B. White, I am always on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
    Me too.

  5. Opher says:

    If you look for wonder you will always find it! That’s a line from one of my poems!

  6. beetleypete says:

    Looking up is something we should all do more often. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. jenanita01 says:

    I have spent a lifetime searching for wonder, and managed quite often to find it.
    My life has been blessed several times, just by keeping my eyes (and soul) open…

  8. The Hook says:

    Gosh, you’re an upbeat soul.
    Good for you, it’s very inspiring!

  9. Darlene says:

    You do live in a lovely setting!! Enjoy the summer and the presence of wonder!!

  10. Your yard is so peaceful looking! And I love your yellow house. 😉 Mine is yellow now too. Painted it myself. I was out in back watering this morning listening to the birds and writing my morning pages. It is a great way to start your summer, Jennie. Enjoy every minute.

    • Jennie says:

      Yellow is a feel good color. I’m glad your house is yellow, too. It’s so nice to be outside and just ‘be’. Thank you, Marlene. I am unwinding, catching up on reading today, and plan to balance relaxing and house projects and writing over the summer. Best to you!

  11. More degrees of wonder than a thermometer, Jennie.

  12. Dan Antion says:

    We are surrounded by wondrous things, Jennie – keep looking.

  13. frenchc1955 says:

    We should always keep searching for wonder! Thank you, Jennie.

  14. Lovely, Jennie. I hope you have a restful holiday.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Just wrote about fireflies, a true summer wonder.

  16. dgkaye says:

    Take it all in Jennie. It’s all around. 🙂 x

  17. Beauty surrounds us all. All we have to do is look and find it.. Thank you for sharing your backyard and piece of sky Jennie.. Enjoy your relaxing time 🙂 May the Sun keep shining on you.. 🙂 ❤

  18. Every moment is truly a miracle to behold if we just care to look. This is such a special thing to share with the children – an appreciation for wonder. If I were teaching now, my children and I would go out with the aides and sit and enjoy the early morning air and beauty and share what we saw or felt as we watched. We would have this time with milk and perhaps fruit or cookies (health ones) since some children don’t get breakfast out here in Southern California. I think this could be another of those times the children would come to remember forever. Thank you for always appreciating the wonder of this world.

  19. Happy holidays Jennie! Well deserved, even it follows a time the pupils are without the chance learning from you. Michael

  20. What a lovely garden, and sky! I love this quote. I look for the presence of wonder too.

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