A New Year of Wonder

To teachers everywhere – here is what an excellent school looks like. This is how four-year-olds learn best. Hands on, opened ended activities, time to problem solve, independent thinking, emergent curriculum. I love this school!

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 children to become comfortable with the use and care of each before adding something new. As they play in this novel setting, we’ve had many opportunities to observe and wonder along with them.

A wandering spider

Open exploration of loose parts

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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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16 Responses to A New Year of Wonder

  1. beetleypete says:

    I can easily see why you love this post, Jennie. It could easily be you, in a different school. Inspirational creative teaching indeed. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. It sounds like such a wonderful environment for children. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Hugs on the wing!

  3. AJ says:

    I can’t wait to get started on loose parts with my students. Just need them to be able to listen to some simple instructions first!

  4. Opher says:

    Fabulous and inspirational!!

  5. It’s a creative learning in an open environment where the children can easily learn as much as finding new experiences, it’s truly wonderful! 💖Have a blessed weekend!

  6. I love this sort of inspiration. Kids are always curious. This feeds that, supports it. Wonderful, Jennie.

  7. this reminds me so much of montessori.

  8. Thank you for the very nice information. Own experiences are always the best. Feeling with the own hands gives a unforgetable impression. Michael

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