As I go through my holiday cards today, my greatest joy is reading, touching, and re-reading the collection of cards from former students:
Amanda, age 16, now in California
Sophie, age 15, still in town
Mac, age 8, now in Vermont, (with an added note):
“We think of you often. Mac is a reading machine- staying up way too late every night. He recently re-read Charlotte’s Web, and I can’t help but think of you planting the seeds of the joy of stories and books.”
Colin, age 8, still in town
Emmett, age 7, in the next town over
There are also the many cards from current students, greetings and wishes via email and Messaging, and even a few FaceTimes. That’s the ‘happy’ in Happy New Year.
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.
How lovely 🥰
Thank you, Ritu! 💕
Heart warming, Jenne.
Thank you, John!
You are welcome.
That is so sweet
Happy New Year
And to you!
How sweet of your students to think of you this time of year. You must feel so appreciated!
I certainly do. Lucky me!
A testament to your positive impact in their lives. I wish you ✨ happiness in the new year!
Thanks so much, Cindy. Best to you in the new year!
Thank you, Beth. I feel blessed.
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Thank you, Michael!
A Happy New Year also to you, Jennie! It’s fact, you are the everlasting pen pal. :-)) Be honored! Best wishes, Michael
The everlasting pen pal… I love that! Thanks, Michael.
My pleasure, Jennie! xx Michael
That is so wonderful! They don’t forget the person who planted the seed of reading.
It makes my day/month/year. Really!
How wonderful! ☺️ Happy New Year. 🎊
Some wonder what they have wasted their lives. You don’t.
That’s so nice, Jacqui. Thank you!
Those thank you’s from students and parents–I don’t teach for them, but they tell me it’s going well. It’s so nice you still get letters from long-ago students.
It really is so very nice. Thank you, Jacqui.
How great is this? I especially appreciated hearing about the student who reread Charlotte’s Web. If I recall, that book is about a 5th-grade reading level. Mac is doing well.
It’s definitely great, on the highest level! Yes, the book is about a 5th grade reading level. Reading aloud is so different from reading. Mac had the pleasure of hearing me read aloud the book, then his dad when camping (dad told me Mac picked the book), and finally reading it on his own. When he’s older, I’ll ask him to tell me about the difference. Won’t that make a great story!
What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful teacher!!! There is no better proof of a job well done, my friend. Hugs!
Thank you, Jill!!!
I still exchange Christmas cards with my English teacher from senior school. She is almost 96 now, and has been sending me cards since I left school at 17. The best teachers are never forgotten, and you never will be.
Best wishes, Pete.
How wonderful!! If you think it means a lot to you, I can guarantee it means tenfold more to your teacher. Thank you for your kind words, Pete.
That says it all, Jennie!!
Thank you, GP!
Wonderful! Wishing you a joyful and healthy year!
This testifies to what a good teacher you are 💜💜💜
Thank you, Willow! 🥰
It’s a pleasure 💜
Your gift of teaching and nurturing will continue to ripple through your life Jennie. Nobody will forget you. ❤
That is so kind, Debby. I am humbled. Thank you! 🥰
This is wonderful to hear, Jennie. It must make you feel so good.
It does, Dan. Thank you!
How wonderful!! I hope they continue to send you cards as the years go by.
Happy New Year, Jenne!
Thank you, Deborah. I hope so, too!
Just a fabulous testament to your excellent teaching skills Jennie and the love that pours from your heart into your students..
Sending LOVE and Blessings your way.. Have a Fantastic 2023 my friend ❤ ❤
Thank you, Sue. 🥰 Best to you in the new year.
I’m not surprised that you’re still hearing from former students. I kept in contact with the teachers who made the deepest impact on my life. You are that kind of teacher.
That’s so nice, thank you!
How lovely! Happy New Year, Jennie.
Thank you, and Happy New Year, Stevie
How wonderful, Jennie. A love of reading is a gift you gave that will last lifetimes. You clearly meant the world to these kids. ❤
That’s so nice, Diana. Thank you!
Jennie, I love it anytime I hear Christmas cards are still being exchanged. Technology has made the world a different place when it comes to them, but I still love opening the good ol’ mailbox and getting one!
I do, too! Emails and photo cards are okay…but they don’t replace a card with a handwritten note.
One of my favorite things is receiving Christmas cards! It’s nice when people keep us in their thoughts.
Yes, it is!
I love this. I love teachers who leave a impact on the lives of their students💚
Thank you so much.
Thank you, Norah!
Wonderful, Jennie 💗
Thank you, Robbie.
Best from Florida
Thank you, Frank. Best from Massachusetts.