My Sweet Children

This could be me…

My wonderful students said ‘thank you’
for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Coffee, cookies, flowers,
and a card that made me cry.
I am touched, and so very lucky.


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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102 Responses to My Sweet Children

  1. beetleypete says:

    I bet that made you cry! It almost made me cry, and I’m not even their teacher! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I’ll bet it made the children very happy to honor you in this way!

  3. Aww Jennie, I would cry too! How lovely of them!

  4. Carla says:

    That is lovely Jennie. It shows how much you mean to them.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I think they love you, Jennie.

  6. quiall says:

    They are lucky and they know it.

  7. Darlene says:

    How sweet is this. You must feel so loved. ❤

  8. Filarance says:

    Wowww! How lovely childerns

  9. thebenneys says:

    Aww this is lovely, you must touch the heart of many children. The children must adore you.

  10. The Hook says:

    Your students have been equally blessed, Jennie.

  11. you often hear that teaching is a thankless job. a career that makes big changes in the lives of the smallest members of society. a career that is doing what people expect us to do, and don’t think about all that you give each day. But, there are so many times when the thanks come in ways other than words. The thanks come in the ahh-haa moments, the quick smile and the knowledge that you made a difference. Enjoy teacher appreciation week… even if teachers know that the students in their lives thank and appreciate them everyday

  12. Don Ostertag says:

    What a sweet thing to do. Shows just how good a teacher and mentor you are, Jeannie.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much, Will! On a side note, I was thinking of you today. Our school children are writing wishes, as we’re making one of the trees on the playground into a Wish Tree. If you haven’t heard of Wish Trees, they’ve been around for hundreds of years. Anyway, you know how much I love music, and how important it is to children. All I could think of was singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” as we hang our wishes tomorrow. Then, I changed the words: “When you wish upon a tree, makes no difference who’ll you be”. This is so you, and so me. As I struggled with figuring out how to play this on the autoharp, I said, “I wish Will were here. He would love this.” ❤️

  13. Wonderful, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  14. And they are lucky to have you, Jennie!

  15. Ritu says:

    How cute! And so well deserved! 💜

  16. How wonderful, Jennie.

  17. Choked me up just looking at the images and reading your words. You’re the best Jennie! 💕

  18. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, Jennie. The kids and the world they will touch are the lucky ones. They love you because you help them love learning. We appreciate you too.

    • Jennie says:

      You bring joy. You do! You are the optimist, the practical one, and the enthusiast. Your words are always a great delight to read, because they come – as you say- from my heart to yours. Thank you!

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    These special times happen quite often over the course of a normal school year. The number one predictor of a child’s success is his/her relationship with the teacher.

    • Jennie says:

      They really do happen quite often. I love you number one predictor! Is it from you, or from statistics? Either way, it is spot on.

      • petespringerauthor says:

        Someone told me that it was a fact. Whether it’s a fact or opinion, I believe it.

      • Jennie says:

        I believe it, too. The one fact I know is reading aloud is the single most contributor to academic success. Your fact relates to lifetime success, which is different, and includes the emotional and social piece. We both know that is #1.

  20. TanGental says:

    Did you sing? What did Gloria say? Splendid moment though. Love the card. And presents too! As my dad said, if someone praised him don’t clap throw money!! Glad that tradition continues

    • Jennie says:

      I didn’t sing, but Gloria was beside herself. Her mask couldn’t hide her smile. 😀 I think your Dad was spot on. Speaking of splendid moments and singing… I was on a six foot ladder with children today, singing “When You Wish Upon a Star”, hanging wishes onto trees. Best day. My Wish Tree post is soon, with my singing video. As they say, ‘don’t quit your day job’. Thank you, Geoff.

  21. Aww. That’s heartwarmingly wonderful, Jennie. I can only imagine how you felt. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs!

  22. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, simply wonderful!!!

  23. Blessed is he who gets coffee as a 🎁!
    The card is so thoughtful.. Lovely children

  24. Congratulations, and well deserved, Jennie! I am sure every one of them would put you to their homes, like the are doing with Gloria. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

  25. jilldennison says:

    Awwwww … how sweet!!! You are da woman! Da teacher! ❤

  26. Thotaramani says:

    Lovel teacher Jenne! Children only like devoted Teachers

  27. stuff and poems says:

    So sweet 💛

  28. dristidevkota says:

    So pure! 🌼

  29. dgkaye says:

    Nice to see you get back for all you give Jennie ❤

  30. Suma Reddy says:

    Sooo lovely n you are so lucky to be in the teaching profession Jennie 🙂😇❤

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  32. Best wishes, pete😊

  33. You are awesome Jennie! Sending you the biggest of hugs!💓💓💓💓

  34. srbottch says:

    ‘…helping us grow!’ What a profound expression of love. Nice work, Jennie.

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