Joy, at the End of the Day

It’s Friday at 5:00 PM.  We’ve had a full day (and week) at school.  In the last hour we painted a gigantic box that will become a lunar module next week and fly to the moon. Yesterday was the Cold Moon, December’s full moon.  Today we learned the names of every month’s full moon.  Children were excited to know which moon name was their birthday month.  And, we finished holiday gifts to families, learned how to spin a top, wrote letters…. and much more.

It was time to chill.  I had already read aloud three books.  I knew exactly what to do.

I showed “Joy”, An Oscar winning best animated short film. It’s less than five minutes… but it’s the best five minutes I’ve ever seen.  Teachers love it, and children can’t get enough of it.  Perfect for Friday at 5:00 PM.

Warning: You will be hooked, in the best of ways.

Joy is the magic word!


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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77 Responses to Joy, at the End of the Day

  1. Ritu says:

    What a wonderful video, Jennie! ⭐

  2. srbottch says:

    Every week should end this way!!!

  3. beth says:

    what a wonderful day, Jennie. and I love, love this video! thanks for telling us about it, I’m going to show it to my class this week –

  4. beetleypete says:

    I have seen that before, and really enjoyed seeing it again. I bet the kids loved it! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. carhicks says:

    I loved it. What a great video to show anyone, but especially kids. I am going to show it to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

  6. delphini510 says:

    Jennie, this was a wonderful film to send your children home with. So much joy and with such a sweet ending. Love makes the world a happy place.


  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Lovely story, Jennie 🙂

  8. quiall says:

    I have this saved on my desktop. I watch it often. There are so many lessons in it but more importantly is that it is a little positivity in a negative world.

  9. Oh, what story-telling–and what a lesson in the best of humanity! May that lesson stay with your children as they grow and make their way into the world.

  10. Love this film with such a wonderful message!

  11. What a wonderful week, Jennie. Thanks for letting us live it through you. Hugs!

  12. cindy knoke says:

    Beautifully uplifting post and the video is charming.

  13. Opher says:

    I enjoyed that Jennie – very sweet.

  14. John Fioravanti says:

    Thanks for sharing this great video with your older class, Jennie!

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, once again, this is wonderful! Thank you so much!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Charles. You know what it’s like at the end of a long day/week. When there’s a spark, a moment, that can pull everyone in for some joy… well, that’s as good as it gets. 🙂

  16. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is another wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

  17. Terrific video, Jennie

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Wonderful cheering film on this cold dark dreary New England afternoon. Thanks.

  19. Such a lovely way to end a busy day… ❤

  20. Aw, Jennie. That was a happy tearjerker ending. So sweet!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Anneli. And the tearjerker ending never gets old. I’ve watched it a dozen times, and children have, too. We always want more. ❤️

  21. When I told my daughter I was watching a cartoon she came to look over my shoulder. We are both in love with it. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  22. petespringerauthor says:

    You continue to make magic in your classroom and in all of the children’s lives that you touch, Jennie. Thanks for being the kind of teacher that other teachers look up to.

  23. That’s a lovely video. Thank You for sharing with us.

  24. Darlene says:

    I just love that video and I know the kids do too. The little dog reminds me of my Dot. Joy is the word. xo

  25. Dan Antion says:

    I’ve seen this before, Jennie but I never get tired of watching it. Thanks. I hope you’ve had a good weekend.

  26. I enjoy taking pictures of the moon, Jennie, especially when it is full. It sounds like a great week.

  27. dgkaye says:

    So moving and beautiful with great life lessons in a short few minutes. You give and you get back. ❤

  28. You really inspire love! I enjoyed the share as your students! Superb! 🤗👍

  29. Ehsan Sh says:

    Wow amazing, I will show this to my students, fortunately it has no speech and my students can receive all messages. (my students don’t undrestand English)

  30. beautiful- and I must show Lyla!

  31. Loved the video Jennie! I do remember watching it before but Its still great second time around!
    Moral of the story……early bird gets the worm but the dog gets the fish!

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  33. What a wonderful way starting into the weekend. The film is very pulling. Thank you for sharing, Jennie, and sorry for the late revisit. Michael

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Michael. As you can see, I’m way behind, too. Answering my thank you notes (as I call it) should happen sooner. So, no worries. 🙂

  34. joylennick says:

    An absolute delight, Jennie! Beautifully made. Not surprised the children loved it. Happy New Year. Hugs x

  35. joylennick says:

    Enchanting! Loved it. Thank you! All the best. Joy x

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