Monthly Archives: September 2019

Reading Aloud – To You! Part 2

Dogs speak words But only poets And children Hear ~Patricia MacLachlan~ I continue reading aloud The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan, with chapters two and three.  Chapter two is 6:48 and chapter three is 1:44. In chapter one you met Teddy … Continue reading

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A WWII Plane and Singing a Patriotic Song

It’s not everyday that a WWII plane appears out of nowhere, overhead, in my own backyard.  It was enormous! Hubby thought it could be a B-24 or even a rarer B-29 Superfortress. Somehow it seemed very fitting. Yesterday at school … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud – to You!

Darlene Foster, a fellow blogger, friend, and a wonderful author, asked me to read aloud to her, and to you.  She wanted me to read The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan.  I am touched, Darlene.  Thank you!  Here I am, … Continue reading

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“People should take time to be happy.” –Grandma Moses- Thank you, Naomi, for bringing happiness to the children every day. ❤️ Jennie

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Reading Aloud to My Preschooler – Thirty Years Later

My first read-aloud for the library this year was scheduled early.  It was only a few days after Labor Day.  I was excited. It was going to be the year of dog books, as I planned to read The Poet’s … Continue reading

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Life Lessons – 101

A few years after I got my feet wet teaching, I read Robert Fulghum’s book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  That had a profound influence on my career.  His opening essay seemed to take all … Continue reading

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The Story of Romana

Romana was  from Romania.  She was the kindest little girl.  She spoke very little English, yet she clearly enjoyed school.  She is the child on the far right with the biggest smile. I remember the day I took this photo. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Jennie Fitzkee

Originally posted on beetleypete:
Jennie is an American blogger. She is a truly inspirational teacher of young children, with a real love of reading, books, and education. She is not only the teacher I wish I had had, but the…

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Poetry – The Small things – a poem about what really counts.

Originally posted on Opher's World:
Poetry – The Small things – a poem about what really counts. If life has taught me any lessons it is that there are never any short-cuts that don’t end up costing you, no quick…

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A New Year of Wonder

Originally posted on Playful Directions:
We are almost two weeks into our latest adventure at WT North Pre-K. This class of small scientists has been flowing right into the new routines. We’ve been slowly introducing materials and tools, allowing the…

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