Gloria’s Happy New Year

Taking Gloria home for a weekend is a big deal for children.  Taking her home for the holidays is an even bigger deal.  Gloria spent Christmas and New Years with Landon and Savannah.  She returned today, to be greeted by many hugs.  This is her journal, and latest entry  with photos:

Dear Aqua Room,

Happy New Year 2020!
We had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with Gloria.  Landon and Savannah brought her everywhere, including the hockey rink to skate.  Gloria rung in the new year at Grandma Spar’s house and even wore a pair of her famous mittens.  We introduced Gloria to all our friends and family.  Thank you for letting us enjoy her for the holidays.

Love, The Spar Family.

Don’t you love the hats?  Check out the treehouse in Landon’s bed.

Gloria, we love your Happy New Year glasses!

Accepting differences is one thing.  Defending those differences that you accept is another.  I often think about the children when they take Gloria out.  Yes, people ask them questions and don’t understand.  It takes courage to stick up for others, like Gloria.  She brings more than just kindness to the children.  She helps them to develop a moral compass and take a stand.

Happy New Year, Gloria!


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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45 Responses to Gloria’s Happy New Year

  1. beth says:

    such a wonderful thing to do for so many reasons

  2. Opher says:

    Gloria is such a valuable asset!! Happy New Year Gloria!!

  3. beetleypete says:

    The stories involving Gloria and the kids are a constant delight to see, Jennie.
    Looks like she had a wonderful new year celebration!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Just brilliant Jennie… Such a delight to read just how Gloria makes such a difference..
    Have a beautiful New Year Jennie, both at home and at school.. May your brightness and love forever illuminate the minds of your young students.. So they too can pass on your wisdom as they learn and grow…
    Happy 2020 Jennie.. ❤

  5. Ritu says:

    Happy new year Gloria!

  6. quiall says:

    I wish there had been a “Gloria’ in my childhood. She makes me smile.

  7. I bet any child who gets to have Gloria with them at home for a while is just thrilled! I’m sure they’ll never forget it.

  8. A wonderful learning opportunity, Jennie. Gloria looks like she had fun.

  9. Maggie says:

    Such an uplifting read. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Gloria is the bestest…so says me and Zelda.

  11. Darlene says:

    The Spar family was lucky to have Gloria spend the holidays with them. It looks like she had a great time too. Happy New Year to Gloria and the class.

    • Jennie says:

      I think they were lucky, too. What a treat as well as a learning experience. I think Gloria had a blast. Love her glasses! Thank you, Darlene!

  12. Oh Gloria’s adventures are soooo soo special.

    Wishing you and Gloria a happy new year.

  13. Super post, Jennie. What a thrill to have Gloria for the holidays

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    You are a master when it comes to understanding what children need, Jennie. I wish my future grandchildren could have you as their teacher.

  15. What a special way to share the love… Oh so wonderful! ❤

  16. Norah says:

    How very special, Jennie.

  17. I’m glad to see that Gloria had a good holiday with a loving family! I’m imaging what Landon’s children might say years hence when they see the pictures with Gloria in the family album.

  18. Those children are so lucky to have the kind of parents to include Gloria in the family celebrations and let their kids believe in whimsy. She is a good way to share how wonderful diversity is for all of us. You are a really good teacher. Wish you had been mine.

    • Jennie says:

      They are lucky, Marlene. When Gloria becomes a big part of the class, and children know they can take her home for a weekend, they beg their parents. But, that’s only where it starts. Once she is at their home, and the children treat her like a special guest, the parents begin to understand. And that’s where the real acceptance begins, and then snowballs. The very first time she went trick-or-treating, the parent was annoyed that so many people asked about “the witch.” That’s when I knew Gloria was making a difference in the best of ways. She is the poster child for sharing diversity. Thank you for your kind words, Marlene.

  19. abbiosbiston says:

    This looks like such fun!

  20. Sounds very funny! Gloria is really the gem. I apologize for the late revisit, Jennie! Best wishes and blessings for the New Year. Michael

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