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Bio: 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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  1. Prof. Mitch says:


    Thanks for reaching out. Much appreciated. I love your blog.

    I’m teaching mindfulness, meditation, and Tai Chi at West Chester University.
    This is our hope for a brighter future.

    Warmest wishes,

  2. sportsattitudes says:

    Jennie, enjoying following your blog and wanted to ask when you get a chance to visit my “non-sports” blog at lifeattitudes.wordpress.com. It may be of more interest to follow – sports-free! Best Regards, Bruce B.

    • jlfatgcs says:

      Thanks, Bruce. I will certainly check it out. The reason that I like and follow your blog is that I love sports. Really! And, I like how you write about sports. I doubt any of my blog followers know that about me. So, you hit two home runs with both your blogs for me. Thank you!

  3. GP Cox says:

    I’m very pleased to meet you.

  4. Listening is one of the best things we can give to a child… or anyone, actually! That’s pretty cool about the kids designing quilts! 🙂 ♥ ❤

  5. Teachers are awesome. My daughter teaches middle school reading and I could not be more proud of her choices.

    • jlfatgcs says:

      That’s great! Does she read aloud to her class? That’s my #1, and it makes a big difference.

      • She does. What has been most effective is giving them something of interest to them, something to inspire passion. For instance, She taught in Hollywood, SC, an impoverished area just west of Charleston. She got their attention by pointing east and telling them that Charleston was a major slave trading port and that most of their ancestors came there on slave ships. Then she supplied reading materials and they became ravenous.

      • jlfatgcs says:

        That is wonderful! Thanks for telling me her great story. I can picture the moment, pointing east and making a statement with a voice.

  6. Thanks for dropping by my blog. 🙂

  7. A pleasure to meet you! Wonderful that you found your passion early in life. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following.

  8. bahelberg1 says:

    How nice to meet you, a fellow blogger interested in the things close to my own heart — reading and writing — and who uses those gifts in a most positive way!

  9. I think anyone who chooses to have 20-30 5-7 year olds all day deserves a medal, because that’s a minor miracle to get through some of those days. I’ve just started homeschooling my 11 year old, who does most of it on his own, and I really don’t know how you do it! Looking forward to seeing what I can learn from you!

    • jlfatgcs says:

      Thank you, Anna. I really love what I do, and I pay close attention to the children. In that way, my teaching is so much better. For example, June is typically a month without a theme, yet this year the children wanted to learn about baseball. Okay. So I came to school the next day armed with books, a real glove, ball, and bat. We are learning together, and it’s terrific! -Jennie-

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  11. Nicky M says:

    Hi! Just thought I’d let you know I mentioned you in a post today https://theshimmerwithinher.com/2016/06/09/another-awesome-award/ 🙂

  12. Good, beautiful and true says:

    A popular concept in the homeschool world is the “Read Aloud Revival”. Your blog seems to be on a similar track. I am a huge fan of reading aloud and still do to 3 of my kids even though they range in age from 9-14. The 16 year old doesn’t want to sit in anymore:(

    • jlfatgcs says:

      Yes, yes! You are definitely on the right track to learning. After decades of teaching I know the difference reading aloud makes. It is #1. Do you know the book, “The Read Aloud Handbook”? Great book. Thanks so much for sharing your story with me. I look forward to following your blog. -Jennie-

  13. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Looking forward to exploring yours. Pleased to meet you, Marina

  14. Hi Jennie, I’m so glad you found my blog. That quilt is beautiful. What an honor to have it hang in such prestigious places of honor. I hope you’ll stop by Jean’s Writing often, I’ll keep the lights on.

    • jlfatgcs says:

      Hi Jean, thanks for your kind words. And, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have actually been a follower of your blog for some time. Always enjoy your posts. Glad you keep the lights on!

  15. This is beautiful, thank you! You are inspiring, what a beautiful focus for your blog and your life.
    Thank you as well for visiting my blog. It’s lovely to have your presence. ❤ Blessings your way!

  16. Rashmi says:

    Hello Jennie I have nominated you for the 3days 3 quotes challenge. You can check my blog day 1for details. Thanks.. 🙂

  17. Barbara says:

    Hi Jennie, I came here via Nikki at Flying Through Water. I’m so glad I did.

  18. beetleypete says:

    Many thanks for following my blog, which is much appreciated.
    I send you my very best wishes from England.

  19. Jeyran Main says:

    Hello, I wanted to assist you in promoting your website and was wondering if you would consider writing for my website maybe once a month? About your thoughts, reflections or anything you want. I can then add a link to your page so people can go there. You also get more exposure this way. Or if you would consider me guest writing for your website?

    If you wish to read my testimonials, work ethic and anything else, please visit jeyranmain.com and then get back to me if this offer is something you would consider.

    I hope to hear back from you soon 🙂

    Warm Regards,

    Jeyran Main

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Jeyran. Thank you for your interest. Do you want me to do book

    • Jennie says:

      Ooops, my fingers were not working. Do you want me to write or post a book review on your blog each month? Or, do you want me to just write a post? Can you be a little more specific? I am always happy to help my fellow bloggers, if I can.

      • Jeyran Main says:

        Jennie, I was hoping that you would write once a month and if you wish I would do the same for yours. The topic can be about anything related to books, writing, publishing, thoughts and reflections. I feel that when you limit the pen it takes the fun out of it. So I don’t want to restrict you as much but if it is close to the topics mentioned that would be great! Also if I could communicate with you on a little more private platform that would be also much appreciated

      • Jennie says:

        I can do my best to write for you once a month. I cannot change my blog, which is about my experiences in teaching– if you wrote on my blog, then that wouldn’t be my experience. So the ball is my court to help you. Email me at sfitzkee@erols.com. I hope I can help you after the new year. Thank you.

      • Jeyran Main says:

        I appreciate your response and I too feel that the book loving community can always benefit from exchanging their talents and skill in promoting a broader audience and possibly encouraging others to join us as well.

  20. Nina says:

    Hello Jennie,

    Happy New Year! 🙂
    I’m sorry I haven’t visited your blog in a while. My blogging was switched off during the holidays. 🙂 But I will be back very soon and I promise I’ll keep up.
    Anyways, just keeping in touch and letting you know I still follow your amazing blog. 🙂
    I hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays!

    Warm hugs,
    Nina 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks, Nina. That is so kind of you to drop me a note. Good to hear from you, and thanks for thinking of me. The holidays were fine. Good to get back to normal! I dearly love your fabulous blog. Thanks for liking mine. 😀. Best to you and your family!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    You have a lovely blog! My youngest grandson is so used to being read to that he now carries a book around with him just in case someone has an overwhelming desire to read to him.

  22. Hi Jennie, I could not help but nominate you for a sunshine blogger award in my last post (https://lifeasiinterpret.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sunshine-blogger-award-nominated-and-nominating/). I thought I would acknowledge how much I like your blog. all the best!

  23. ren says:

    According to Google Doodle’s, today is Happy Teacher’s Day. However, it is my firm belief…. every day is Happy Teacher’s Day, especially to someone as special as you, Jennie. Bless you for all the young hearts you have opened, allowing their little buckets of joy to spill forth and nurture us all. ~~ ren

  24. Hi Jennie – I left you a note on your response on my blog. Hope to have you on board shortly.

  25. Invite done, so you’re good to go !!!!

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    Thanks for joining our We Are The World Blogfest Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

  30. marianbeaman says:

    I have followed you from Sally’s website to your own. If you read my comment there, I said I also teach pre-school and believe “that children have a voice.” Actually my teaching 2-year-olds is at church. My career has been with teaching English literature and composition to college age students.

    Most amazing – your class has designed prize-winning quilts – wow!

  31. Norah says:

    Hi Jennie,
    I’ve tagged you in a post I thought you might like to join in. https://wp.me/p3O5Jj-11K
    You may delete this comment if you wish.
    Best wishes,

  32. 30 years as a pre-school teacher! To me, YOU are a hero. I have a good friend who just retired from teaching pre-school for about the same amount of years. She loved the kids and the teaching every single day. This job is one of most important in our education system, yet so often ignored. Thank you. xo

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much for your very kind words and comments. Much appreciated! Like you, I feel it is one of the most important jobs. Actually, I don’t like the word “job” because it a labor of love. Knowing that I can make a difference is enormously rewarding and important. Best to you!

  33. Darlene says:

    Hi Jennie. I have a question to ask you. Could you send me an email at darlene (dot) foster (at) telus (dot) net so I can reply with my question? Thanks! Darlene

    • Jennie says:

      Just went over to see this. Thanks so much, Sally! The photos worked, too. Hilarious laughing every time I read this. Hope you and your sisters are having a ball!

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  35. Love your blogs, I am writing and illustrating a Children’s Book – Ajji and Mili – Into the Forest. It is about connecting children to nature through stories. Would love it if you could review it or have a look at it. more here http://www.parinithakonanur.com http://www.ajjiandmili.com
    Thank you

  36. Kate says:

    What are your beliefs about teaching children to read? What do you do at the preschool level that you see making the most difference in getting kids started off on the best path to literacy? (I’m not trying to open up a whole language/phonics debate at ALL; that’s futile.) Super curious at what you’ve found most effective. Thank you.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Kate,
      It all starts with reading aloud so children can see the printed word and know that it represents what you are saying. That means LOTS of reading where I always point and follow the words with my finger. Once children can recognize the letters in the alphabet, I use magnetic letters on easels, sing rhyming words and songs, and roll our playdoh to make letters and words. I do this WITH children, not just putting out the activity and tools for them.

      That all is greatly important to help children learn to read words. BUT to grow and sustain a love of reading is far more important. And that stems from reading aloud, all kinds of books. My key area in the classroom is my front-facing bookshelf holding at least 20 books which I often rotate, plus a basket of books in a quiet area. Children are free to look at books anytime. And they do! Also, I chapter read at rest time when the lights are out so they can fill their minds and heart, and make the pictures in their head.

      All of this works. It tells children that reading = pleasure. Children return to visit me in my classroom all the time and tell me how much they love to read. Often they are a guest reader. Older children return to tell me of high school and college acceptances. I always ask them what they remember most. And it is reading books.

      Does this help? Let me know if there is something else you want to know. Many thanks. -Jennie-

  37. Hi Jennie
    Firstly, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you in person for all the sharing of my posts at EsmeSalon.
    This is a personal invitation to come and join us next week and every coming Monday through to Friday and share a post link here with us at Senior Salon. Thanks for your visit/s to my blog and looking forward to reading your posts

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Esme. I would love to do that. I’m not quite sure how that works. Can you give me some guidelines. And what are you most interested in reading?

  38. Hi Jennie, I came across your interview on Esme’s blog. I knew right away that I had to come over and follow your writings. I love the theme and the category that you write about. I am not a teacher but have worked on designing course materials for introducing simple science concepts for elementary kids. We always did that through stories. I thoroughly enjoyed that process.
    When I walk my kid back from school, on days when he is tired and fussy, I tell him a story. It’s only when we reach home that I tell him that the story was made up by me and then he hugs me tight and says that I am his favorite story writer.. That is pure bliss. 🙂
    Looking forward to reading your blog regularly.

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  40. Andrew Joyce says:

    Hi, Jennie. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you. If you have the time please email me at: Huckfinn76@gmail.com


  41. Hi, Jennie,

    I don’t see a contact form on your blog, so I hope it’s okay to contact you here. I have a student in my college writing process course who is struggling a bit with a research paper trying to make a case for the role of creativity in preschool education. I would like to refer her to your blog because I think citing some of your content would support the case she is making. (She already has found relevant research studies in child development. Seeing what you do would give her the theory into practice perspective.) In addition, I think it would benefit her to ask you some questions about your teaching practice, given the scope of your experience. Would you be willing?


  42. petespringerauthor says:

    So glad to have met you, Jennie. We would have totally connected as educators because your nurturing style aligns with my most important teaching philosophies.

  43. Hi, Jennie. When I read this article, I immediately thought of you: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/06/17/the-lost-words-macfarlane-morris/.

    • Jennie says:

      This is a treasure! Words are everything. When they are lost, it is a tragedy, especially with children. I have ordered a copy from Amazon. I’ll be diving into this book over the summer and then sharing it with children. Thank you, Liz.

  44. petespringerauthor says:

    Hi Jennie. I’m dropping in because I wanted to send you an email. I looked to see if you had one listed on your blog, but I don’t see one. Perhaps it’s there and I just didn’t find it. If you’d rather not give it out, I can understand that. My email address is petespringer77@gmail.com.

  45. Hi Jennie,

    I hope this email finds you well. You may find our book interesting. It’s called Making the Leap: An Insider’s Guide to Teaching in China.

    The book explores the transitions one needs to make when teaching Chinese students an international curriculum at an international school in China.

    Let me know if you’re interested in reviewing this book (impartially) in exchange for a free copy 🙂

    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com.au/Making-Leap-Insiders-Guide-Teaching-ebook/dp/B07XDGY5LH

    Kind regards,

    James Kennedy
    Melbourne, Australia

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