Magic at School

The most important part of school is making connections.  When teachers connect with children, and when children connect with each other, the school year begins.  It turns on ‘the light’, and that light enables learning, and is deep inside everyone.  Oh, yes.  There is a sense among children and teachers, something that needs no words.

I love when this happens.  Now, we are a family.

Every year we have a family event at school, a pizza dinner and pumpkin carving.  This always happens at that connection time.  It is magical.  Imagine being at school at night with your family, sitting in a big circle with lit jack-o-lanterns, singing songs.  The ‘being together’ part is a big deal, and we’re in the dark.


Here is what I wrote to families:

Dear Families,

Thank you for a wonderful, magical evening at school.  This was such an exciting event for children.  For families, it was perhaps the first time to get to know other families and watch children playing together.  For teachers, it was delightful to stand back and watch connections and laughter.  There was something special about tonight.  Did you feel it?  The weather was perfect and the fall colors were brilliant.  Pizza and your side dishes were delicious.  Pumpkin carving was busy and fun.  Lighting our jack-o-lanterns and lining them up along the stone wall was the best!  Dusk descended.  The perfect ending to the evening was sitting with our families in a big circle singing our favorite jack-o-lantern song and waving glow sticks.  It was a memory maker for the children.

The Aqua Room is a family.  It feels so good.


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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70 Responses to Magic at School

  1. Ritu says:

    So gorgeous!
    We did carving pumpkins this week, too!

  2. This sounds like an absolute wonderful time!

  3. beth says:

    your first paragraph – yes! what a wonderful, connecting event-

  4. joylennick says:

    If only the ‘big, wide world’ was like that, Jennie; bless you. !!!!! xx

  5. Darlene says:

    What a special event. The kids will remember this.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Darlene. I posted a much shorter version on FB, and past families remembered with much joy and gratitude. Yes, the kids remember even when they are grown. That fills my heart.

  6. Fantastic, Jennie! Thanks for sharing this special event. Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

  7. I would have loved being involved in such an event when I was young. Halloween is such a magical time for little ones. Well done, Jennie!

  8. quiall says:

    Some of the best families are those we create.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    For years as a singer parent I took my daughter to a week long camp for all kinds of families. Sitting around a fire singing silly song after not silly songs(depending on the request) made our tiny family expand.

  10. Good job Jennie! Fab pumpkin display too!

  11. I love your pumpkin family and all they represent!

  12. Great, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh, what a beautiful day! 🎃

  14. johnrieber says:

    a wonderful event and a beautiful note to everyone!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much, John. This was one event children and families will remember. I hope you enjoyed the old cemetery photos, too. I was thinking of you.

  15. That’s beautiful dearie,I wish I had the chance to connect with kids like that…guess I’m still a kid too🤭🤭

  16. cindy knoke says:

    What a special teacher and person you are Jennie.

  17. I’d bet this kind of magic happens every year. How fun for everyone.

    • Jennie says:

      It does happen every year… but it was ‘on hold’ during Covid. This was the first year we could have the event since then. My goodness, the magic was there (as it always is).

  18. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful event, Jennie.

  19. It sounds perfect, fun, and magical. The Jack-O-Lanterns look great!!

  20. srbottch says:

    Jennie, just think of all the ‘connection’ you’ve made with families over the years. Tons, scads and gazillions, I bet. As Borat would say, ‘Niiiiiiiice!’

  21. Hope, all of you had wonderful time at the MAGIC moment at School, as mentioned by you.

  22. I feel the warmth from way over here on the West Coast.

  23. So fun and what a lovely way to engage with the families. Happy Halloween!

  24. Prior... says:

    sounds like such a great time – 🙂

  25. bosssybabe says:

    How festive! I was trying to pick out my favourite one but they’re all GREAT!! 😀 Good JOb!!

  26. L. Marie says:

    Wonderful job on the pumpkin carving. And what a lovely letter. You are that teacher who makes a beautiful, lasting impact on a child.

  27. mamalisa4 says:

    I met some of my best mommy friends through attending events like this with my children. Nights like that have so much impact.

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