My Happy Garden of Children

Today the flowers in my garden, my children, are happy.
You might spot a fish or two.
They are the 
caretakers.

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Jennie

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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62 Responses to My Happy Garden of Children

  1. Opher says:

    Looks good Jennie.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I always enjoy seeing your fish, and the flowers are looking great!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. beth says:

    it’s beautiful and clearly happy garden children )

  4. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful. Jennie. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Darlene says:

    A lovely garden!! One can see the children are well looked after.

  6. quiall says:

    How beautiful! Signs of hope . . .

  7. Beautiful garden, Jennie. I particularly liked the zinnias.

  8. How lovely, Jennie. I am finding blossoms in our garden already. We also have bees. Its amazing.

  9. fish ‘n flowers…who knew?
    Nice summery stroll through your garden of kiddos.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I love that you have all those fish and yet have an easily maintainable little pond at the same time.

  11. The garden looks lovely and well cared for, Jennie!

  12. I’d say that red fellow in the first photo is ecstatic!

  13. So lovely and uplifting!

  14. Luanne says:

    What a pretty garden, protected by fish!

  15. srbottch says:

    Looks like a healthy crop, Jennie. Even the fish look happy to be there. 😉

  16. Beautiful! Wish I had your skill at gardening…

  17. K.L. Hale says:

    These children benefit from you as do your school children. You help everything grow beautifully 🌺💚

    • Jennie says:

      That is so nice to say. Thank you! 🥰

      • K.L. Hale says:

        You’re welcome 😊 and it’s true 💚 in my 15 years as a Principal (I’m a teacher at heart always and forever ~with a special education background and always and forever will ~), it was those like you that made what I did the best. It’s the heart ❤️ a person can have a degree; that doesn’t mean much. I watched teachers many years above me~some behind me~but authenticity can’t be replaced. To some it’s a job. To me it was my craft. A gift straight from the Lord. I burned out right at my health scare. Although I only had 23 years in, my heart couldn’t cheerlead what was expected of teachers and kids. I found you doing your Laura Ingalls Wilder reading. I spent 8 years as a MS Principal in a rural
        poorer district. It was the best 8 year “run”because of the heart and grit of teachers like you. It doesn’t take long to know the heart of people. Kids know it instantly. You’re the reason why I loved my career. You’re the reason these kids know they’re loved and are learning. Because you’re real. God bless you. 💚🤗

      • Jennie says:

        Thank you for your kind words! It is definitely the heart that drives teaching, and you recognize that. Kids do, too. My Laura Ingalls Wilder reading aloud on YouTube began the day the pandemic closed schools, so I could keep that going for children. It is something they look forward to every day. Best to you, K.L. 😍

      • K.L. Hale says:

        I love watching you too! Best to you Ms. Jennie! 💚

      • Jennie says:

        Many thanks! 😍

  18. A wonderful garden. Love the fishes, and the flowers too. You are very caretaking also for this wonderful place. Enjoy your weekend, Jennie! Best wishes, MIchael

  19. Norah says:

    And a beautiful butterfly. Happy days!

  20. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous Jennie! 🙂 xx

  21. Just beautiful Jennie and I love the Fish.. 🙂

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