A Discovery!

Today was the kindergarten’s “100 Day Museum'”display in the library at school.  When children reach the 100 day milestone, they make a project at home, something that contains 100 objects.  Classes are invited to the ‘museum’.  We even had tickets in order to attend.  Yes, it’s a big deal.  We were at the museum, admiring every 100 Day display.  Then it happened.

“Jennie, come here!  Come quick!  Now!”

That’s what I heard from Harry.  He grabbed my hand and pulled me over to a corner in the library.  He was beside himself at what he saw:

No, it wasn’t the picture on the top shelf.  It was in the lower right hand corner, a box collection of the Little House books.  The front picture is exactly the book we are currently reading, “Little House in the Big Woods”.

What a wonderful discovery!  Other children immediately came over.  Harry’s discovery now became their discovery.  It was a moment.  Three cheers to libraries and all they do to open so many doors for children.  Harry made the connection that our chapter reading book was a ‘real’ library book.


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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50 Responses to A Discovery!

  1. What an amusing discovery for the children! Relating with kids can always be fun.💕🌟🌟💕

  2. It fun to spend time with kids.

  3. Darlene says:

    How awesome. The excitement must have been contagious.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful moment for Harry.

  5. Cheers to the simply discoveries that lead the way to more.

  6. I can just imagine how excited Harry was! Is he the boy who was reading the Gloria in a recent post?

  7. Jim Borden says:

    that Harry is an observant one!

  8. What a wonderful moment of discovery and brilliant of him to share it with you and the class!

  9. Been with this beautiful kids will be so fun and they will learn alot from you

  10. beetleypete says:

    Your class stories just keep getting better and better, Jennie. When I was at junior school, nobody would have thought to tell me it was my 100th day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. quiall says:

    When children make these connections it is monumental and can instill a love of learning.

  12. Ah, to be a child. Ah, to be an adult in a new environment.🤣🤣

  13. Carla says:

    I love it! The enthusiasm of discovering something is wonderful.

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    How wonderful when these things happen so naturally. An excellent moment for Harry, I’m sure.

  15. Norah says:

    Happy 100th Day! I always enjoyed those celebrations at school.
    But incidental child-led learnings like Harry’s are the best.

  16. Happy 100th day! It’s when you can see them connecting all the dots that the magic is happening for both of you. What a moment! Life is all about those moments.

    • Jennie says:

      Life is definitely about these moments. The secret is to pay attention and make a big deal out of it…because it is a big deal. Best to you, Marlene.

  17. Haha! That was a really cute moment, Jennie. Personally I like the Aqua Room collage best. 😉 Hugs.

    • Jennie says:

      Ah ha! Teagan, you’re the first to comment on the collage! This is from Jim Trelease, when he came to school to hear me read aloud. Big Deal!! I’m in the seventh edition of his million copy bestseller. So, thank you!

  18. Great! Must have been also a big fun for the children! xx Michael

  19. Hi Jennie, I have that exact same box set. How thrilling 💞

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