The Day Before School… Ice Cream!

School starts tomorrow for teachers.  Today I drove out to a farm, in the country.


It was a picture perfect day.  The farm is a dairy farm.  That means ice cream.
New England + dairy farms = the best ice cream.


This is what I saw while I ate my ice cream.  What a delight.

The old is there, too.  People need to see the old.  Farm life was hard, yet rewarding.


It’s always a pleasure to see the flying American flag.


I think this was a perfect day, and the best way to spend the day before school starts.  Don’t you?


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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81 Responses to The Day Before School… Ice Cream!

  1. beth says:

    yes, perfect. best of luck to you in this coming year

  2. GP Cox says:

    Amen to that, Jennie! I’m also very glad to hear your children will be returning to school. I feel they need it, not just for educational purposes, but a solid start in life mentally and physically.
    Have a great year!!

  3. Darlene says:

    A perfect day indeed! My dad had one of those tractors. A day on the farm with ice cream is the best! Today the ice cream lady will be by our place and Dot will get a cone too. xo

  4. Norah says:

    A perfectly sweet day, Jennie. I wish you a wonderful return to school.

  5. beetleypete says:

    You had better weather than we have at the moment here, but the countryside is exactly the same. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      It is the same? Now that’s a wonderful thought. Best to you, Pete.

      • beetleypete says:

        The scene in your short video could have easily have been taken iin England. Except for the flag of course. 🙂

      • Jennie says:

        I’m glad to know that. I always knew we both had beautiful rolling hills, yet hearing from a Brit that it’s the same means far more. No wonder ‘New England’ has stuck. If the first settlement was like England, it would have been called New England. But Jamestown wasn’t. Plymouth was. Best to you, Pete.

  6. Opher says:

    A great place to eat ice-cream, Jennie!
    Enjoy going back to school. I’m sure the kids will be delighted to see you.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    That does seem like the perfect way to spend the day. Good luck today, Jennie.

  8. quiall says:

    Loved the video! It is nice to have a peaceful day before the chaos of the fist day of school. I hope everything goes well. Stay safe.

  9. srbottch says:

    I sure do. Good luck with school this year, Jennie.

  10. magarisa says:

    All the best for this school year, Jennie!

  11. It looks like social distancing wasn’t a problem! A beautiful day before school. I hope your start to school is a success, Jennie. Have a wonderful year. I know you’ll make it special for the children. You can’t help it. ❤

  12. petespringerauthor says:

    You live in a beautiful area, Jennie. I look forward to reading about your new school experiences this year. I must have been absent for the “How to Teach in a Pandemic” class. Somehow, I know you will find a way—that’s what great teachers do!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Pete. The countryside in New England is beautiful. You have mountains and we have rolling hills. Today was the first day back for teachers since March. Wow! You can imagine the enormous changes that we have to put into place, and we’ll do it. 🙂

  13. Luanne says:

    Yes, it looks and sounds perfect! Have a safe and fabulous year, Jennie.

  14. Ren says:

    You sure know how to sweetly bring in a new school year! Self indulgence is so very important! Injoy your year ahead!!

  15. The night before the first day of school I could never sleep well; not as a student, and later, not as a teacher. It’s the most exciting day of the year, Cherry Hill ice cream sounds just perfect for calming the nerves. Beautiful way to spend the day – outdoors – before the many coming indoor days.

  16. Perfect day. I liked the panorama, Jennie. Was like being there.

  17. I know Jennie loves ice cream, yes she does. How do I know? She told me so in a reply in a past blog post…and you know what? We’re ice cream buds. Yes we are…
    – Happy day before school starts, Jennie –

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, we’re ice cream buds! I ordered vanilla salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzels. I think it had almonds or some other yummy nut, too. OMG! Thanks so much, Laura.

  18. That is a perfect day! Good luck Jennie. Stay safe.🤗

  19. Ice cream before school day!! I would love that. The view of the farm is so pleasant. Thank you for sharing, Jennie! ❤

  20. Yes, I agree it’s the perfect day! In addition to the ice cream and the scenery, I love that red antique tractor.

    • Jennie says:

      I was all over myself with excitement at the tractor! It was a wonderful day. You already know how good ice cream is on a New England dairy farm. Yum!

  21. Mireya says:

    What a place ! I was hoping to see a few pictures of the ice cream! Yoday I bought a quart of the half gallon ice cream and it was so good! Are you starting onlline? Hve a great school year!I am a sub and wonder how it will be this year. I wonder if teachers prefer in person or virtual.

    • Mireya says:

      Thrifty pistachio is what I bought

    • Jennie says:

      It is gorgeous farm country out there. I should have posted a picture of the ice cream (salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzel bits). We are starting in-person, which is the best thing for preschoolers. Making all the necessary changes is hard, such as no dress-up clothes or Beanie Babies. Keeping children six feet apart is challenging. And all the cleaning takes time. Stay tuned!

  22. TanGental says:

    Being a city boy ice cream is a different rxperience. That said there’s a kiosk in the railway station foyer called Minus 12, the temperature at which they preserve their products. You can get their delicious vanilla called Jersey Milk either in a cup cone or 500ml or 1 litre recyclable tubs. And if you don’t recycle at home but bring them back for them to reuse they give you 1 pound off your next buy. All of which kind of makes up for the lack of trees and views that you get.. a little!!

  23. All the best for the new school year, Jennie! Ice Cream is always the best.:-)) Michael

  24. A perfect day indeed, Jeannie. What a beautiful, calm looking place. I like the old tractor too. I’m glad you added that extra bit of fun. Hugs on the wing.

  25. This sounds like a wonderful day, Jennie.

  26. Lori says:

    that is certainly a great way to get in the back to school mode. Of course you might need to go back on Friday for the hey I survived the first week treat too

  27. Tish Farrell says:

    Lovely. Brought back happy memories of a September trip: Boston to Maine.

  28. A perfect day before school starts and what a beautiful and marvelous place, Jennie. Thanks for the wonderful share.

  29. What a perfect view to eat ice-cream 🙂 and what better place to relax before your busy school term.. ❤

  30. Oh my goodness! I’d love to be sitting on that tractor eating ice cream. The scenery is perfect. Anxious to hear how school goes. What kind of ice cream is your favorite?

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad they displayed their old tractors. It really is a picture perfect New England farm. I had vanilla salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzel bits. Yum! Next time I’ll ask them to add a little hot fudge, and maybe some whipped cream. OMG! I will keep you posted on school. Thank you, Marlene.

  31. dgkaye says:

    Stay safe and good luck Jennie! ❤

  32. Chaya Sheela says:

    I know how exciting the beginning of a school year is.
    Best wishes for a new school year.
    From a retired school teacher.

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