Gloria’s Weekend

Gloria had her first weekend visit with a child this year.

Year after year, Gloria becomes a well-loved member of the classroom.  Why?  Because children naturally want to be loving.  They need a platform to do that outside of their family.  When that platform is someone who is different like Gloria, children rally.  They want to reach out.  Gloria makes children feel empowered, because they know their love to her makes a big difference.

It’s that complicated.  It’s that simple.

Here are photos of her weekend:












Thank you for all you do for children, Gloria.  They grow big hearts because of you.  They become givers.  They become our future.


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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85 Responses to Gloria’s Weekend

  1. beetleypete says:

    The tree-trunk house is perfect! The ideal spot for Gloria to hide.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ritu says:

    Looks like she had fun!

  3. beth says:

    how incredibly precious!

  4. A wondereful weekend for Gloria and her little pal.

  5. Beautiful n full of innocence

  6. That family went all out for their guest! What fun!! Was this Gloria’s first Big Wheels ride?

  7. I just love that you do this with the children every year!!

  8. Wow, Gloria really had a nice and very distracted weekend. The tree-trunk house is so amazing. You should try to get it for the school area, Jennie! 😉 On the second last photo one can see a very exhausted Gloria. Put down by all the new experiences she had made. Thanks for sharing the information about this wonderful event, Jennie! Enjoy a nice rest of the weekend! xx Michael

  9. What a great weekend gloria had.

  10. All of the above!
    Plus – I’ve always preferred burying kiddos (and being buried myself) in piles of leaves! Better yet – jumping into them after a long hard days work of raking! A bit of a conundrum, though!

  11. What a delight! Thanks for sharing this and all the photos, Jennie. Happy Halloween hugs.

  12. Loved the photos, Jennie. Glad Gloria had a good time. (She does look a little doubtful about the pizza.)

  13. Darlene says:

    How wonderful. I love these pictures of Gloria enjoying her sleep over. She even got to ride the Big Wheel!

  14. Don Ostertag says:

    OOOOh! I wish every tot could have a Gloria.

  15. willedare says:

    What a heart-warming blog post, Jennie! My favorite photo is Gloria on the three-wheeler. But Gloria sharing pizza is also delightful! I agree with you that children naturally want to be loving. I see it every day in my Music Together classes. Such enthusiastic, generous hearts in these small human beings!

  16. Gloria has a way of making everyone’s heart a little bit bigger just by showing up. Great photos of a great visit, Jennie!

  17. quiall says:

    She doesn’t look all that excited about pizza, but that picture of her in front of the leaves should be framed.

  18. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful weekend!

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    Your idea to use Gloria as a teaching tool is one of the best ways I know of to teach acceptance of others, regardless of their appearance.

  20. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a fun weekend for Gloria and her little companion I love the tree house 🙂 x

  21. What a great weekend at that kid’s house! The tree fort with Winnie the Pooh and friends is awesome, and I bet she had a blast zipping around on that red Big Wheels!
    Great fun!

  22. dgkaye says:

    Looks as though Gloria had a wonderful Halloween weekend. ❤

  23. bosssybabe says:

    Awww! Gloria is well travelled and much loved! 🙂 💓

  24. Norah says:

    Glorious Gloria. We do need those big hearts.

  25. willowdot21 says:

    What a beautiful post, you are right I see this love growing in our grandsons.💜💜

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much, and I’m glad to hear about your grandsons. How old are they? Besides being the reader-aloud guru at school, I read aloud at the library.

      • willowdot21 says:

        You sound Just my eldest sister she was a teacher and afterwards retirement she still went to school and the Library too to read with the children.
        Our Grandsons are 8yrs and 5yrs and they are so loving and caring. 💜

      • Jennie says:

        That’s quite a complement, Willow. Thank you!. For your grandsons, I highly recommend reading aloud The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. It is always THE #1 read aloud, from kindergarten to grade 4. Yes, it’s that good!

      • willowdot21 says:

        Right I shall look into that our son and daughter in law encourage lots of reading 💜

      • Jennie says:

        I guarantee they will love the book.

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