Gloria – a Regular Day at School

Somehow Gloria knows how to make things right for a child.  Emmett left his lovey kitty at school.  Here is his mother’s email:

Hi all,

Emmett came home today without lovey kitty. He doesn’t remember where lovey kitty is in the classroom, but if you can keep your eye out for a little black kitty with a Halloween ribbon (orange and black) that would be great.

Thank you,

I knew right away where lovey kitty was.  And, I knew Gloria would take care of him.  This is what I emailed to Mom:

Hi Samantha,

Lovey kitty is in Emmett’s nap cubby.  I put him there.  I didn’t realize he should go home with Emmett.  We were having such a great time after rest, I didn’t ask Emmett if lovey kitty should go home.  I bet Gloria is taking good care of him tonight. 🙂


Mom knew Gloria would be there, too.

Thank you, Jennie!  Emmett is really happy to hear that Gloria is taking care of lovey kitty!  Thank you for letting us know that lovey kitty has a friend for the night. We were worried that lovey kitty would be afraid.

Thank you!



Just a regular day with Gloria.  She is the bandaid, the listener, and the comforter.  She is the best friend, funny and shy.  She makes a difference every day.


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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52 Responses to Gloria – a Regular Day at School

  1. Opher says:

    So sweet – such a useful assistant in the classroom.

  2. beth says:

    gloria is a natural and brilliant nurturer

  3. beetleypete says:

    Every story about Gloria makes me forget my troubles, and smile. Kitty could have had no better company.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. That is so lovely Jennie, one safe kitty and one happy little boy able to sleep…hugsx

  5. Lovey Kitty and Gloria…what a great way to start my day – especially knowing Emmett is a happy camper, too!

  6. Ritu says:

    Love Gloria 💜

  7. Aww, Gloria and you are the best! That’s a heartwarming story and I love the image of Lovely Kitty with Gloria.

  8. quiall says:

    Knowing Gloria is near, gives great comfort. She embodies all that is good.

  9. OMG! That brought tears to my eyes, Jennie. So darling! Thank God for Gloria. Or thank Jennie for Gloria, would be more appropriate.

  10. Nice to see your assistance back, Jennie! But it seems Gloria will become very busy, caring for the funny kitty too. 😉 Michael

  11. Cute post, Jennie. Thanks,

  12. So sweet… Gloria, you rock! ❤ xo

  13. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice, Jennie. Gloria is such a huge help.

  14. Mireya says:

    You are a good teacher. Children need to hold on to this play for as long as possible,

  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Gloria is fabulous, helping to solve any classroom woes.

    • Jennie says:

      She really is, Pete. I’m always amazed. Do you know the book “Flat Stanley?” I’m thinking of making Gloria into a flat Stanley in order to allow sending her home with children on weekends, along with the book and a journal. What do you think?

      • petespringerauthor says:

        Fabulous idea, Jennie! I know Flat Stanley well. Sometimes I’d read with some of my struggling second or third-grade readers after school, and I’d choose one of the books from that series. If I remember correctly, there are six of them.

      • Jennie says:

        I only know the original one, so I think I have more reading to do. Thanks so much Pete. I needed to bounce this idea off you. Stay tuned!

  16. My niece has a bunny she’s very attached to Jennie. She would be very upset if she left bunny at school too. It is great that Gloria could look after kitty cat.

  17. Norah says:

    Gorgeous Gloria.

  18. I think Gloria is magical. Thanks for sharing her with us!

  19. Darlene says:

    I am sure Emmett was comforted knowing Gloria was looking after his lovely kitty.

  20. I love that you not only answered the question, but also managed to comfort the child with a quick line about Gloria.

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