Gloria’s Summer Adventure – With Oscar

Gloria is spending time at my house until she ‘heads to Maine’ for her annual summer retreat.

“Jennie, can Oscar come. too?  He really wants to spend the summer with me.”

“Of course he can, Gloria.”

The first day was a day of rest, on the couch.

“Jennie, I see flowers outside.  Do you have a garden?  I love flowers.”

“I do!  Let’s go play outside and check out the garden.”

“I love being outside here.”

“Thank you, Gloria.  I’m glad.”

“Jennie, wait.  Look at Oscar inside.  He’s jumping up and down.”

“Let’s go see what he wants.”

“Oscar, what has you so excited?  Oh, you see the pool.  Yes, I understand now.  You want to go swimming.  Okay, let’s go!  Gloria, do you want to come, too?  No?  What’s the matter?  Oh, you don’t know how to swim.  Well, Oscar certainly does.  Don’t worry, Gloria.”

Gloria much preferred lounging by the pool.

On the other hand, Oscar couldn’t wait to go swimming.

Well, look who reappeared from last year – Julia the tiny frog.

“Jennie, what’s that?”

“It’s Julia, Oscar.  She’s harmless.  She just wants to hang out here.”

“Okay.  Good to know.  So, where is Gloria?  Oh, I see her lounging.  Gloria, come on in for a swim!  What?  You’re scared?  Jennie, can you teach Gloria how to swim?”

“I’m on it, Oscar.  Gloria, we’ll use the raft.  Come on in.”

“See, I told you this would be fun!  Where did Oscar go?  He isn’t swimming in the pool.  Oh, no, the gate is open.  We’d better go and find him.”

“Oscar, there you are!  You watched Steve mow the lawn yesterday, didn’t you?  Did he tell you you could drive the tractor?  Steve, what were you thinking?  Okay… as long as you’re there to help him drive.  I must be crazy allowing you two to go off and play on the tractor.”

“Okay everyone, it’s time to head back inside.  It’s getting dark.  Yes, you can sit on the porch and watch the sun set.  Isn’t it lovely?”

“Who wants a bedtime story?”

“Me!  Me!  Don’t forget to recite Goodnight Moon.  Can you do it the silly way?”


Now it’s time for a bedtime story.  Sweet dreams.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty 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 am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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69 Responses to Gloria’s Summer Adventure – With Oscar

  1. Dan Antion says:

    These two really had a fun day, Jennie. I bet they slept well.

  2. Ritu says:

    Look at you, Jennie, showing that there is a part of us that will never grow up 😊

  3. beetleypete says:

    Glorious! It is that unshakeable sense of fun that makes you so popular with those lucky kids.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Darlene says:

    What a perfect day for Gloria and Oscar! And you made it happen. Have a super summer, all of you.

  5. What a fun post! Gloria and Oscar know how to have the perfect summer day.

  6. beth says:

    these two really get around )

  7. That made me smile a lot!

  8. srbottch says:

    Jennie, Jennie, don’t forget the big hats and the SPF55 to protect everyone from the sun or you’ll be wearing bandages on your forehead for a few days, like me. I see that Gloria is wearing a big hat, that’s good.

  9. A lovely peak into your life as well as fun for all your young admirers. Lovely Jennie.

  10. Loved the Goodnight Moon Rap. Gloria and Oscar look like they are having a great time.

  11. How fun, Jennie. Gloria and Oscar are going to have a great summer. I hope you do too. 🙂

  12. quiall says:

    What a lovely way to start the summer! Good night Jennie…

  13. Don Ostertag says:

    Well, Jennie, I would say, after reading this post, I have a good idea of why you get along so great with children.

  14. Lovely photos of the pool and flowers, Jennie! Gloria and Oscar will have a wonderful summer. I bet you look forward to it also.

  15. How cool that Julia didn’t feel threatened by the new kids on the block!

    • Jennie says:

      I thought the same thing…except she hasn’t returned since. When these two are ‘off to Maine’ and the dust settles, I think she’ll be back. Fingers crossed.

  16. The kids are going to love these photos if you show them next fall or whenever you go back to school.

  17. petespringerauthor says:

    Well, this one put a big smile on my face. It’s always great to see friends enjoying summer together. Of course, I liked all the photos, but my favorite was Steve and Oscar mowing the lawn together. I’m a regular Forrest Gump on my riding mower. I still love being outside and cutting the yard on a nice day.

    I think you already know Rapper Jennie is right up my alley.—not because I like rap music but because it’s important for the kids to see that we’re never too old to have fun.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Pete, I thought about you smiling when writing this post. Oscar says hi, but he is firm about staying with Gloria. 🙂 I’ll tell Steve you liked the lawn mowing photo. It’s one of his favorite activities at home. We love being outside.

      Rapper Jennie is so much fun at school. After reciting Goodnight Moon from September through Christmas, Children are ready to ‘change it up’. Yes, it shows children we’re like them, and like to have fun- another way of making connections.

  18. Gloria’s Summer of 2022 certainly has started off on the right chair, and raft! 😀

  19. dgkaye says:

    Too cute Jennie. Gloria on the lounger, oh, the goodlife, lol ❤

  20. Annika Perry says:

    Gloria and Oscar had a ball of a day – I love how you present all the activities and Gloria on the raft is so sweet & considerate!

  21. Splendid and beautiful post, Jennie.

  22. A lovely story, Jennie. I’m sure your class will love these pictures 💖

  23. bosssybabe says:

    Gloria and Oscar are living their best life! I could use some of that relaxation by the pool just about now lol hahaa 🙂

  24. Sheri Dye says:

    What a great story and I do love the sense of playfulness the pictures give it.
    Thank you for sharing!

  25. Thotaramani says:

    Really good enthusiastic and like you. Jennie 🙂

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