the genius of each.

Looking at children, I too am reminded that each child is unique and beautiful in their own way.  They have many gifts to share and a marvelous sense of wonder about the world around them.   Thank you, Beth for this post.

I didn't have my glasses on....

as i worked on report cards over the last week

putting together my notes

gathering my thoughts

sharing my stories

telling their stories

i was reminded

that each child


their own gifts

their own challenges

yet each shares

without fail

a curiosity

a sense of wonder about the world

a desire to learn

and does so

in their own way.

“Do not train children to learn by force and harshness,

but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,

so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy

the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”     


image credit: Radhusets Julkalender 2012 – Arte del libro, Arte dell’illusrazione

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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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32 Responses to the genius of each.

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog, Jennie. And a great quote from Plato.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Darlene says:

    So true. Sue Vincent said we are all extraordinary in our own way.

  3. Ritu says:

    This is a fantastic reblog! thanks for sharing, Jennie! ❤

  4. Loku says:

    The picture has several meanings of learning. I am gonna share the post. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. I had missed this one. Hugs to you and to Beth.

  6. Awww. How beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Jennie.

  7. Thank you for sharing Beth’s poem, Jennie. I love the notion of the “genious of each.”

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I saw this on Beth’s blog and enjoyed it the first time. Such a good reminder that one size doesn’t fit all, and what makes learning and children beautiful is that there are so many paths.

  9. Thats a very wonderful posting, we should never forget. Thank you for sharing, Jennie! Best wishes, Michael

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