A Child’s Visit – Fountain Play and a Book

Backyard neighbors strolled over for a distance visit.
The baby loves all the hanging fish and wind socks.
And then she discovered the fountain
And climbed right in.

We played, picked flowers,
all at a distance.

Children bring joy!

Then I read her a story, You Be You,
the sequel to Only One Youby Linda Kranz.
Highly recommended!


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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69 Responses to A Child’s Visit – Fountain Play and a Book

  1. Ritu says:

    Just… how lovely! ❤

  2. It would have taken all of my self-restraint not to pick up that child and smoosh her. Adorable! 🙂

  3. Opher says:

    Unfortunately we haven’t seen our grandchildren for six months!! Interaction is so important!

    • Jennie says:

      Opher, we haven’t seen our grandchildren in over six months. I know how you feel. Combine that with not seeing any of my students. And suddenly our neighbors appear with their child. What a joy, because as you said, interaction is so important.

  4. A much needed smile. Thank you.

  5. Darlene says:

    What a delightful visit! I´m sure she enjoyed being read to as well.

  6. LOL! How delightful!! 😀

  7. beetleypete says:

    One good thing about the very young ones, they don’t know enough to be afraid at the moment. Looks like she had a wonderful time. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      They don’t know enough to be afraid, and their curiosity is all consuming. Exploring water that flows in different ways is a big fascination. She had a wonderful time! Best to you, Pete.

  8. quiall says:

    Joy can be found in the smallest of items if we look for it.

  9. How sweet, Jennie. Small children are such a pleasure.

  10. IN the fountain. What a laugh.

  11. Shoes says:

    A perfect moment! I love that picture of her in the fountain, it just captures the wonder and open-mindedness of childhood.

  12. Oh Jennie, that is a picture you could just squeeze! I love the image and will carry it through my day. How much did she love the story?

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad it made your day, Marlene. It was precious! She stayed through five pages of the book. There was just too much for her to see and do.

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    Did she sit down and start to splash or did she contain herself?

  15. Dan Antion says:

    Sounds like a great visit! You’re the best neighbor 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      While our houses are not very close together, it feels much the same as life was with backyard neighbors before phones and technology. I think of that whenever they walk over. Really nice to hold on to a piece of the 20th century.

  16. jilldennison says:

    What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon!!!

  17. Norah says:

    How gorgeous! An explorer and a reader!

  18. Fantastic visit. You are really a fulltime teacher, with heart and soul, Jennie! Grabbing every possible chance with benefits for children future. Thank you! Enjoy your weekend. Michael

  19. Jim Borden says:

    How lucky the neighbors are to you have right in their backyard!

  20. Ha. How cute. There have been times when I’d like to climb in a fountain. 🙂

  21. OMG… that’s adorable. I can just imagine that scene. Thanks for this huge smile, Jennie! Hugs on the wing.

  22. dgkaye says:

    A most lovely visit. ❤

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