Look Up, Look Down

We can all take a lesson from children.  They notice everything.  They look up, and they look down.  They stop to look, really look, and to wonder.  They remember what they see, and if an adult is around they ask questions.

The wonder children see is always there.  We just have to stop and look up and look down.  I did that tonight.


I looked up.



I looked down.



The moon began to rise.  Do you see it on the left?  I stayed to watch, and it looked like the Northern Lights were in the sky.  The sky changes quickly, so I pay attention.



The moon is high.  The sky and trees are beautiful.  It reminds me of summer camp and slow evenings of wonder.  It reminds me of the lyrics to Taps, played by a bugle.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. 

Take it from children, look up and look down.  I do.


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.
This entry was posted in Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Inspiration, Nature, summer camp, wonder and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

87 Responses to Look Up, Look Down

  1. beetleypete says:

    Lovely to see that reflection in the pool. I spend all my walks with Ollie making sure to look up at the sky, and down at the life on the ground under my feet.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Opher says:

    I never get fed up with the colours in the skies. Sunsets always enthral!

  3. beth says:

    a lovely, lovely reminder, jennie. i do too

  4. GP Cox says:

    Children remind us of just how much we’ve grown ‘blind’ to as we grew up.

  5. Ritu says:

    So.importsnt to open our eyes 🥰

  6. Dan Antion says:

    The sky changes so fast, Jennie, you have to keep looking. This is a great lesson.

    • Jennie says:

      I can stare at a seemingly unmoving sky for quite a while, look away, and then look back to see something totally different. It’s wondrous. Children are much the same, too. Thank you, Dan.

  7. quiall says:

    How beautiful! I remember singing ‘Taps’ every night on my canoe trips into the wilderness. Sigh. Great memories. I never want to lose the child that rests inside . . .

    • Jennie says:

      Aren’t they great memories? I sang that song every night at camp, too. Perhaps it helped us build and keep that inner child. Thank you, Pam.

  8. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful images and words Jennie.

  9. You saw the beauty and wonders of our world! The Moon, reflections, and beautiful sky colors must have been glorious being there.

  10. petespringerauthor says:

    Don’t you just love that feeling of wonder with eyes aglow as children process something new? Well said, Jennie. Sometimes we need to slow down and enjoy the beauty around us.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, indeed! Remember laying back in the grass and watching clouds and finding shapes and animals? Or going on a worm hunt after the rain? How many children still do those things? Perhaps the inner child needs to emerge in us. The sky will help do that. 😀

    • Jennie says:

      Pete, I just found a wonderful book that will be perfect to read to children on 9/11. You must tell your fellow teachers about it! And, it’s not what you would expect at all. You know picky I am about children’s literature. The book is “Fireboat” by Maira Kalman. It will be in the new blog post I’m writing.

  11. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much for this wonderful reminder of keeping our imagination and wonder alive and well!

  12. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is a lovely post about keeping wonder alive from that excellent teacher Jennie!

  13. Darlene says:

    I so agree. When visiting historic buildings I always say, don’t forget to look up and look down. The ceilings and floors are amazing in many places and it would be a shame to miss.

  14. I thought you had stopped posting, Jennie. I wasn’t getting your posts anymore. I checked the reblog that Charles French did of your post and saw that I wasn’t on your list anymore. I’ve clicked again to follow.

  15. So much we can all learn from the words and actions of children!🤗

  16. Ellen says:

    This is a lovely post and an excellent reminder too! One of the most enjoyable gifts of becoming a grandparent to Benjamin, amongst the many others, was the rediscovery of looking at the world through the eyes of a child. The extremely talented artist and poet, Akiane Kramarik, at the age of 13 painted a beautiful picture of a child gazing at butterflies titled “Wonder” and wrote these words : “If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end.” Her 2006 book : “Akiane : Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry” was an amazing story. Thank-you!

  17. Advice to live by, and I particularly like the inclusion of “Taps.” Your sky is just beautiful; thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

  18. Oh, the lessons we learn when we stop, look and listen to our little ones! ❤ xo

  19. A wonderful reminder to remember we were put on this rock to enjoy it, to contemplate it, to marvel… not just to glimpse it between the job and home and chores and sleep…Thank you for the pause that refreshed!

  20. Norah says:

    Such beautiful images, Jennie, and a timely reminder to wonder.

  21. Thank you very much for this advice, Jennie! We can get inspired by the behavior of the children, even sometimes you should have a library beside you, to answer all the questions before you never had in mind. Lol Enjoy your Sunday. Michael

  22. Sejal Sheth says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Beautiful!

  23. swamiyesudas says:

    Good thoughts, my Dear Jennie! And Your home and surroundings are beautiful! 🙂

  24. These are beautiful photos Jennie, and thank you for the reminder that we would all do better viewing things from a child’s eyes.

  25. L. Marie says:

    Great photos and great advice about looking at things from a child’s perspective!

  26. Shoes says:

    A lovely reminder of the moments that are all around us but often neglected.

  27. Such a lovely and serene post, Jennie. I loved hearing taps as a kid and it fills my heart with wonderful memories. 🙂

  28. dolphinwrite says:

    When my nephew was young, he would hang out with me when I came around, One day, while holding him, he kept pointing at things and naming them. His parents encouraged him. A bright young man today.

  29. This is gorgeous, Jennie. A beautiful idea and lovely pictures.

  30. dgkaye says:

    Jennie, you have some spectacular captures my friend. The pool with the tree reflections is superb! 🙂 x

  31. Kally says:

    Oh wow! What an amazing post! I love the beautiful photos that reminds me of peace and calmness.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s