Since we’re learning about France, we sing the ‘Days of the Week’ song in French. Children are excited to add new words – real words in a foreign language – to a song they already know.
The ‘Helper of the Day’ gets to hold the pointer and lead children in the calendar and weather. It’s a big job. It involves left to right, number and letter recognition, and of course singing. We often add challenges. Often.
The ‘Helper of the Day’ decided she wanted to sing the ‘Days of the Week’ all by herself – in French!
These are the moments that make me want to teach 24/7 forever.
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.
Enthusiasm is comtageous❤ (as much as covid🤣)
So, so lovely! 💜
Thank you, Ritu. 💕
Makes me wonder how long that song will stick with her. 🙂
Her parents told me she sings it at home.
It mat stick with her!
I remember as a kid the whole class had to stay behind in detention and learn the whole French national anthem parrot fashion. When we could recite it then we could go home. Can you imagine that happening today? I can still recite most of it though!
That’s a terrible experience! I’m glad this child somehow learned it on her own, making it a joy for her. The good news is that you can still recite the national anthem. 🙂
The whole class had to learn it, Jennie, not just one child. We couldn’t go home until we could recite it back to the teacher.
School is much more fun now than when I was that age. No wonder you like teaching.
It is, at least in my school. Thanks, Ally.
She was so excited!
when children feel that the adult around them see that they are capable learners they want to learn more. thank you giving this gift to so many children
Well said! Thank you, Lori.
yes, I so get this! every day is a joy
It is! Three minutes of ‘this’ is far more powerful than eight hours of a hard day.
you were born a Teacher Jennie!
That’s so kind, Wayne. Thank you!
She did so well, and her bow at the end was lovely.
Best wishes, Pete.
Yes, the bow! Lucy will go places in this world. When I do math challenges on the whiteboard (I call it Erase-A-Number), I challenge Lucy with something like, “Erase the number that is two numbers before 78.” She laughs because it is so easy. On the other hand, she was a big part of our Peter and the Wolf play. She might be an engineer or a scientist, or she might be a star performer. I’m just glad I get to be her teacher. On a side note, she has Gloria for the weekend.
Jennie, you’ll always be teaching, in or out of a classroom, kids or adults, formally or otherwise. It’s who you are. As sales people say, ABC, ‘always be closing’, for you it’s ABT, ‘always be teaching’.
Steve, that is such a wonderful thing to say. Thank you! You know me well. 🙂
Applause, applause for Lucy!! (Cool pointer, too!)
Definitely applause for Lucy! Yes, it is a cool pointer. 🙂
😀 I justloved that final expression of pure joy on her face.
What a rewarding experience, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, John. These moments are the pot of gold, for the child and the teacher.
How adorable and what a great way to learn another language. You are just the best teacher!!
Thank you for your kind words, Darlene. I loved her bow at the end! So adorable.
Oh, what a cute little helper!
Oh, so wonderful!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Bette!
I suspect that Helper of the Day is a position that is quite popular. Most kids love to be in charge or help the teacher and class. Good stuff, Jennie!
Yes, it is very popular. Children ask every day who is the Helper of the Day, and when it is their turn. Ringing the bell for clean-up time is the biggest hit. Children need to feel empowered and in charge. Thank you, Pete.
When a child Starts to think independently that is perhaps the greatest gift.
Yes, indeed! Pam, you are always the wise one.
I’m blushing . . .
You bring out the best in these children, Jennie and they return the favor.
Thanks, Dan. Much appreciated.
Another wonderful example of what you do and how it empowers these children..nothing forced or contrived it all happens so naturally as it should…x
Yes, as it should be. Thank you, Carol!
Jennie, this is wonderful! Thank you!
Thank you, Charles!
You can see the joy and pride in her face… Wonderful that you make teaching such a joy … Sending love and well wishes dearest Jennie… May your joy and love continue to spread Magic in your classroom.. 🙂
Thank you for your kind words, Sue! They mean a lot. Magic is a tremendous word. Best to you.
You are most welcome.. Enjoy your week Jennie ❤
So great to see! I would’ve been too shy as a kid but it’s nice to see teachers nurturing each child’s individuality! I am a huge proponent of learning different cultures/languages so this is so lovely!
Thank you, Jen. I feel and think the same way as you.
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Thank you, Carol!
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Thank you, Michael!
It seems you soon have to organize travelling to France. 😉 xx Michael
Why not, Jennie! I am sure when they are back their parents have to learn French too. 🙂 Maybe they also will have greater demands on the daily lunch. Lol xx
Parents have told me their child sings the days of the week in French at home all the time. That is a wow!
Oh, the joy. ❤