Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

Dear Parents, life is the best teacher. Pete knows that. He was a teacher for decades and tells of being in a lockdown with children. He knows how to ease fears and help children make sense of their world. Right now is a good time to read his story and advice. Thank you, Pete!

Pete Springer

One of the things about life is that experience is often the best teacher. While most of us have endured plenty of personal challenges in our lives, the COVID-19 virus is brand new to us all. It has taken what is normal and turned it upside down.

Children often looked to trusted adults when they are feeling anxious and uncertain. While I generally believe in being honest and straightforward with children, I think I would try to project a positive, in control attitude, even as I deal with my anxiety about this current health scare. Quite naturally, they are going to have many of the same concerns that adults have. How long is this going to last? When can I see my friends again? Am I going to die? Are things ever going to get back to normal? You must take on these issues head-on instead of acting like they…

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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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17 Responses to Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

  1. Great information, Jennie! Thank you very much, and stay save. Michael

  2. beetleypete says:

    Excellent reblog, Jennie. Pete knows his stuff, and his advice is solid.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    Thanks for the reblog, Jennie. You know by now how much I love your blog. As I’ve told you before, you are the kind of teacher we need more of—one who knows how to nurture and stimulate kids’ thirst for learning in every way possible. It isn’t just the kids who you inspire; you have a unique ability to connect with all of us.

    • Jennie says:

      I wanted to scream to the world your wonderful story in lockdown, and your words of wisdom to parents. Thank you so much for your kind words to me. I am deeply humbled and appreciative. I search for teachers who are on our wavelength, and many are still in the mindset of straight teaching information. Yes, they are constricted in many ways, and I know what it’s like to be a new teacher. When they find me, or I find them, it is a joy. Finding you is one of my greatest joys. We are kindred spirits in teaching, Pete. If my words inspire and connect with teachers, parents, and readers- well, that’s just wonderful.

  4. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much.

  5. I already commented on Pete’s post, but awesome reblog Jennie!

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