Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 1

Gloria has been in Washington D.C. with a classmate (I’ll call him Tim.)  His father sent an email and photos to the class each day about Gloria’s adventures in Washington.

Hey Aqua Room,

Tim wanted to send a note to give you an update on Gloria’s trip!  Today Gloria got to see the Lincoln Memorial.  President Lincoln believed in equality for all, which is a lesson we thought Gloria would like as well.

Tim also wanted to let everyone know he misses them!

Oh my goodness!  How wonderful is this on so many levels:

  • Gloria actually traveled to National places in Washington.
  • A child wanted Gloria to see Washington.
  • A parent “got it”, understood the big picture, and sent emails and photos to the class.

Understanding that Gloria is a person, accepting Gloria for who she is, and including her as a member of the family, is a life lesson for the heart, and for the ages.

Stay tuned for Part 2.


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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49 Responses to Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 1

  1. beth says:

    I love everything about this!

  2. I’ll bet Gloria will have some tales to tell when she returns from her DC adventure!

  3. Ritu says:

    I love it when parents allow a child to truly immerse themselves in the experience of bringing a treasured being home with them from nursery or school!
    Lucky Gloria! I was in Washington many years ago with my university!

  4. Awww. How wonderful for Gloria, Tim, his family, and the classroom! It looks like everyone is having fun. A great share, Jenny.

  5. Don Ostertag says:

    So happy for Gloria that Tim shared D.C. adventure with him. He looks happy also.

  6. cathkalcolor says:

    Super sweet. What an adventure for Gloria and “Tim.” Sharing is such a powerful tool.

  7. willedare says:

    This is sublime on so many levels (well articulated by you and other commenters)! Thank you for all you do, Jennie, here on planet earth. I am so grateful that the ripples you make keep spreading and spreading and spreading…

    • Jennie says:

      Will, your comment is beautiful. Thank you! Those ripples are my pride and joy. They happen when I pay attention to children. I can’t imagine anything more wonderful than making ripples.

  8. Dan Antion says:

    What a delightful post. Kudos to all the adults in this one.

  9. beetleypete says:

    Always great to see Gloria expanding her travel horizons. Looking forward to part 2.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. This is terrific, Jennie.

  11. quiall says:

    Gloria helps the children to ‘see’ by opening their hearts. Compassion is such an incredible gift to have and to give.

  12. Darlene says:

    Lucky Gloria!! I bet she is having so much fun with Tim and his family.

  13. srbottch says:

    They picked a good figure to photograph. Lincoln loved children.

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    One of the great things you always do, Jennie, is to make things easy for your families to participate. Your welcoming presence encourages them to join in. Parent involvement is such a big part of the educational equation. I’m sure Tim will never forget bringing Gloria to Washington.

  15. Happy Easter, Jennie! Awww, you really did it, and let Gloria leaving New England? 😉 Now you students also will never forget who Abraham Lincoln was, and will see themselves visiting Washington soon. Good educational trick! 🙂 xx Michael

    • Jennie says:

      Michael, in all the years that Gloria has been around, she has been to many events with children, but she has never been on a big trip like this. Hats off to the parents who ‘get it’ and sent the photos and email. It was great fun to show all the children the photos and read the parent email each day. Yes, we talked about Abraham Lincoln. I’ll let the child share his stories with the class. Education needs to address the mind and the heart! Happy Easter to you!

  16. CarolCooks2 says:

    This is a great example of how one thing leads to another…a brilliant way to learn as who knows what the next discovery will be…a beautiful post, Jennie 🙂 x

  17. Knowing that I can’t start with Part 2, I had to return for the premise.

  18. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is simply wonderful!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Charles. I was shocked that the father took the time to take photos and email the class, every day. He even connected Gloria to Abraham Lincoln. Yes, it was wonderful!

  19. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is another wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

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