Little Things are Really Big Things

In difficult times, like now,
the little things we do for others
become most important.
They’re really the big things.
Yet, it has always been this way.
Perhaps we never had the time to truly appreciate
those little moments.
Now we do.
We have all the time in the world.

Writing a letter is a long lost art.
Emails and messaging have replaced letter writing.
Now you have the time.
Who would be over the moon getting a letter?

More people than you can ever imagine.
Write that letter.
Make a difference.

“It is better to give than to receive.“
We all know that…but not really.

Here’s a case in point:

Everyday I am online, reading aloud, singing,
and making YouTube videos for children.
A family sent me a photo of their children
watching me sing a song,
and their children singing along.

This meant the world to me.
They had no idea.
The ‘world’ has seen this marvelous photo.
No words needed.
The giver now knows.

Sometimes a giver has a special message:

So, to all of us who might feel trapped
and ready to get back to a fast paced life,
we have been given the gift of time.
Time to be a giver.
Time to make a difference.

The little things we do are really the big things.


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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65 Responses to Little Things are Really Big Things

  1. Ritu says:

    This is just so lovely!

  2. Norah says:

    Oh my, that is just so gorgeous!

  3. beth says:

    My class and I are writing each other letters, and I treasure them

  4. quiall says:

    On the face of a child you can see the truth!

  5. Darlene says:

    That is just so precious. I love all the little things. Today I heard a young man win a considerable amount of money on the radio. He was so happy, I cheered and cried for joy. What a difference this will make for him and his girlfriend who are planning to get married. Plus they are both health care workers! You would have thought I won the money. But a message of love like this little fellow sent you is just as precious!! (A lot of crying here today!)

  6. I am so pleased that you can still make such a lovely difference in these children’s lives, Jennie.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    love the video at the end. I remember a few years ago I decided to start writing letters, beginning with people who made a difference in my life. A few days after sending the letters, I got phone calls from a couple of people asking if everything was ok… 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      Good for you, Jim! 🙂

    • Lol, I am not wondering about. Last week i tried to explain a younger one what a fax device is, and how one can use this. Barely a day later, I had to explain to him how to write a formally correct business letter. I am not surprised, but on the other hand, despite intensive online use, almost none of the young people knows how to use the Internet in any meaningful way besides the social networks. That is a little sad. Michael

  8. Got tingles reading this…and a much needed nudge to ‘carry-on’.
    And a gentle nudge to follow through: Especially with the cards I’ve set aside with intent to fill them and snail mail them to specific persons.
    Thanks, teacher.

  9. beetleypete says:

    You must have been overwhelmed to get that video, Jennie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. Opher says:

    Those things mean such a lot.

  11. Dan Antion says:

    That was sweet of them to send it to you.

  12. Very sweet, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I just love the straightforward love coming from that little boy. What a treasure to share with us.

  14. Oh my gosh, this is heartwarming! 🥰

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is just wonderful!!!

  16. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please read this important and wonderful post from that excellent teacher, Jennie!

  17. I enjoyed this post immensely! The highlight was the little boy sweetly serenading his teachers–and then bolting!!

  18. Thank you for the very good advice and idea, Jennie! These photos are great and showing how wonderful your work is. You are bringing fun into every room of your students parents, and teaching them too. 😉 This is applied knowledge. Best wishes, and have a beautiful weekend. Michael

  19. willedare says:

    Delightful! I have long been a fan of the hand-written thank you card. Such a different experience from a thank you via email. And that singing video of thanks is gently astounding… Thank you for sharing your wisdom and habits and epiphanies and best practices with all of us!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Will. You have a wonderful way with words. Yes, a handwritten note Is a powerhouse. I’m so glad you enjoyed the singing video. It made my day, much like your comments did.

  20. petespringerauthor says:

    And this is why teachers do what they do.❤ That video is a keeper.

    I think we’ve talked about this before, Jennie, but one of the things I always try to save are the letters from our students. What great memories!

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, yes, and yes! It is definitely why we do what we do. I have them all, stored somewhere. They’re better than a treasure chest of gold. I know you dearly treasure your letters, too.

  21. Sheryl says:

    There’s something special about sending and receiving letters.

  22. dgkaye says:

    Omg, just too precious that little one – who said he loves Jennie twice! ❤

  23. dweezer19 says:

    I hope we hang onto what we have learned during this time, Jennie. Bless your heart.

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