I wrote about our Tree Walk on a windy day in Part 3. This walk was just one part of the blog post on Children’s Words. Little did I know at the time that the walk, and their words, would grow.
Explode is more like it.
The tree walk was windy. After the walk we brainstormed words. Nothing formal, just words about what they saw or felt.
We asked the children to write a poem, using these words, their words. The words would remind them of the Tree Walk and bring to life the adventure, once again. And it did just that! Words are powerful, especially through poetry.
~ OUTSIDE ~
The trees and leaves are moving.
Leaves are falling off.
Spiders crawling on the tree.
The wind blows the leaves away.
Wow! I will never underestimate the power of words and the natural creativity of children.
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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they are amazing –
So delightful. Lovely photos and poem. 😃
Gosh – I used to love my nature walks and so did the kids – so valuable!
Very much so! 🙂
Trees, wind, words, poem. Life doesn’t get any better than this. I wonder how many of the children will grow up to be poets.
It is a recipe for all that is good. I do wonder if there might be a poet amongst the group.
I would say in all probability there is.
Learning to love words is a fabulous foundation for life and how to express it.
Yes it is, from listening to speaking to writing.
Its wonderful to see them all enjoying nature and incorporating those words into a beautiful poem Jennie… I bet you are so proud of them all.. ❤
Thank you, Sue. I was both amazed and proud at their poem!
So you should be 🙏💚
Isn’t it wonderful? We just need to take time to listen…
Yes, indeed! 🙂
Children see the world for what it is. You are wonderful to give them the chance to express what they see and feel.
Yes, they do. Thank you, Dan.
Children never cease to amaze me! How awesome.
I feel exactly the same way, Darlene. 😀
Oh amazing! How old are these kiddos?
Thank you! They are four years old.
Absolutely beautiful Jennie!
Thank you so much, Kim. 🙂
Wonderful words! Children are amazing! ❤
Thank you, Bette. They are always amazing, and still surprise me after many years of teaching. ❤️
Isn’t it wonderful!
Yes, it is! 🙂
Great, Jennie. Thanks.
Such long words from small children. Whatever you are doing right, you now know it works. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
They really are long words. I just pay attention, care, and encourage. Not so hard, but very important. Thank you, Pete.
That’s a great poem. I hope it continues to bring the adventure to life over and over again.
I hope so, too. Thank you, Deborah!
Another glorious experience for the Aqua Room!
Thank you, Pete.
Awesome!! I love trees too 💚👏🏻 🌲
What a wonderful poem you have all written together, Jennie. Fantastic. Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you, Robbie. Happy weekend to you.
Cant regret. Lol You are a wonderful teacher, with so many ideas within great profession, Jennie! Hope a lot of newbies will take you as an role model. Michael
Thank you, Michael. I started this blog for that reason, to help teach other teachers and also parents. 🙂