Reading For a Straw: A ‘Eureka’ Moment

Thank you, Steve, for another wonderful example of the importance of reading and reading aloud. Clearly, his school classroom was just as rich in educating and understanding children as his Curbside Classroom.


Sometimes, the simplest reward can motivate kids. Take the 1 cent Pixy Stix…

A Chrysler assembly plant and Green Giant packing plant were the chief employers in the small northern Illinois town where I began my working career fresh out of college, an elementary school teacher for five years before transitioning into a life long sales position.

I had 32 students at a time when classroom size was not a high priority, especially in this rural blue collar town. The work was hard, fun and challenging. It’s teaching!

In elementary school, you teach the gamut of subjects: math, social studies, language, handwriting and reading. Specialists visited weekly to teach art and music. There were no computers in the class, nor the school, nor anywhere except big, temperature controlled rooms in office buildings.

Lesson plans were followed, accordingly, as we covered ‘new’ math, old history and the wonders of science. But…

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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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17 Responses to Reading For a Straw: A ‘Eureka’ Moment

  1. Who knew that good ole Pixie Sticks could support children’s literature!

  2. Thats funny too. Well done, and useful to memorize, for replication. 😉 xx Michael

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    Steve has so many great stories about his times as a teacher and crossing guard.

  4. What a fun thing to think of doing.

  5. beetleypete says:

    We had something similar to those straws, but they were not called Pixie Stix. Here they were known as ‘Sherbet Straws’. I never once got an incentive like that from a teacher for reading. They called my name, told me to read, and I did as I was told. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    thanks for sharing, Jennie!

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