Gloria’s first day back-to-school is tomorrow.  She is excited!  She has a new face mask with dragonflies.  I can tell she’s nervous.  I have been reassuring her all day that everything will be fine, and I’ve also been listening to her worries.  Stay tuned for tomorrow.

For my new bloggers who are not familiar with Gloria, the is a hallmark in my classroom.  She brings to children diversity, understanding and acceptance.  She joined the classroom after she had been called a ‘witch’ by other children.

Yes, I know, that is shocking.  My preschoolers felt the same way.

Frankly, she is beloved.  She’s the kindest person I know.


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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78 Responses to Gloria!

  1. How lovely to see the return of Gloria! I hope she has been keeping well.

  2. Aww Gloria I have missed you. Lovely to see you safe and well and with a mask

    Aww Jennie you are such a wonderful teacher and person.

  3. Welcome back, Gloria! Love the 😷

  4. beth says:

    Yay, it’s good to see her again!

  5. Would it ruin her status if she swapped out the witch’s hat for a Tilly hat? No matter, it’s so great to see her again. I bet the kids will be thrilled. It’s thoughtful of her to wear a mask and show the kids that it’s okay to do that.

  6. Welcome back, Gloria…you’re looking as lovely as ever with your mask on. The children are sure to be delighted to see you too! ❤

  7. Sejal Sheth says:

    Good luck Gloria! I love this idea!

  8. quiall says:

    Children learn by seeing. And they can see how wonderful Gloria is at handling this pandemic. We all can take comfort from that.

  9. CarolCooks2 says:

    Welcome back, Gloria.. Love your mask 🎭🙏

  10. Dragon fly mask…I know there’s a story in there somewhere!
    Dear Gloria: Tomorrow: Take a deep breath and remember the kiddos love you…once you begin, it’ll all roll naturally.

  11. Welcome back, Gloria. Good to see you again. Thanks for sharing Gloria, Jennie.

  12. Tell Gloria I said she’s looking gorgeous and stylish in that dragonfly mask!🤗

  13. ThatBFunLife says:

    Good luck Gloria! What a beautiful idea and way to lead the pack in changing the world we know for the better!!! Not only is Gloria beautiful, so is your kind soul!

  14. I know it will be a wonderful day! 🥰

  15. Loewef says:

    Very sweet…Gloria clearly has many good things coming her way!

  16. Ritu says:

    I hope you have a great first day, Gloria 🥰

  17. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m excited to hear about another year of Gloria’s experiences. I’m so glad that she is setting such a great example of wearing a facemask to the children while also so stylish.

  18. Great teaching aid Jennie! Does she have any other friends?

  19. Its nice to know things are getting back to normal, Jennie. Bravo for Gloria.

  20. beetleypete says:

    Great to see Gloria staying safe, and setting a good example with her mask.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  21. I’m glad to see you are able to bring Gloria back to add a bit more “normal” to your classroom life. Having her wear her mask will help with the normal of that too. Maybe she needs her own special hand sanitizer as well? I’m sure the children will have some ideas of what she needs to stay extra safe at this time

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks, Lori. Today was her first day, and it was wonderful. Leave it to children to understand and lead the way. They completely understood and loved the face mask. Hand sanitizer never came into play, as they were far more interested in getting to know this new and different person. Blog post pressed for first thing in the morning.

  22. Darlene says:

    I love Gloria’s face mask. The kids will be so happy to see her. Tell her not to be nervous, she will do well. Give her a huge hug from me. xo

  23. Wonderful that Gloria is wearing a mask:)

  24. Brilliant!! Gloria is going to practice mask safety and good social distancing skills with your new classroom. I’m so excited for all of you!! Gloria will very likely outshine all the teachers so take it with stride as usual. 😉 You made me smile big today. Wish I could see the kids faces.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Marlene. I’m glad Gloria made you smile. She does love her mask. I posted a few photos today about her first day at school. The last one will melt your heart. ❤️

  25. One of the sweetest ideas ever-and I love the mask!

  26. Norah says:

    She’s gorgeous. What a wonderful way to start a new year. Enjoy! Both (or all) of you.

  27. OMG, Gloria is also wearing a mask. 😉 You should send a image to Washington D.C. Lol

  28. Becky Cliffe says:

    I absolutely love this! Xx

  29. Léa says:

    Gloria has the same beautiful spirit as the teacher…

  30. Kally says:

    Welcome back Gloria! Good to see you back in the classroom.

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