Shining Stars

I looked at the stars tonight.

I thought about the children in my class.

I wasn’t sad, because children are shining stars.


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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51 Responses to Shining Stars

  1. Darlene says:

    That they are. I love Snoopy!!

  2. beth says:

    beautiful, jennie

  3. beetleypete says:

    And you are their ‘guiding light’, Jennie! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Norah says:

    They are, Jennie. And Starry Night is one of my favourite paintings.

  5. Opher says:

    Every one of them – I love that Van Gogh Snoopy!!

  6. Ritu says:

    They are indeed 🥰🥰🥰

  7. That’s true, and a lovely thought, Jennie! 🥰

  8. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful words, Jennie. And I love the Snoopy image!

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I like the analogy, Jennie. To carry it out a bit further, sometimes we don’t know when they will shine brightest. The lessons they learn today don’t always show themselves until years down the road.

  10. calmkate says:

    a delightful tribute to each and every one of them 🙂

  11. Indeed children are!

  12. Indeed, they are! 🌞

  13. Shoes says:

    This is simply perfect! So beautiful.

  14. Ellen says:

    The Norwegian author, Bjornstjerne Bjornson, wrote : “Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” If you have never had the opportunity to read any of his books, my favorite is the English translation of Mother’s Hands that was originally published in the early 1890’s. Children and stars are the bright spots we need now more than ever in our lives. For me, especially my Grandchild! Be safe and well! Thank-you!

  15. I love that painting!
    Each star shines and twinkles when it laughs!

  16. Wow! Love Snoopy too. Thank you for sharing, it also very motivating Michael

  17. They are shining stars, Jennie. I miss my nieces and nephews.

  18. abbiosbiston says:

    If only we could live up to their magic to keep it alive for longer.

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