Author Archives: Jennie

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.

Milly – Part 8

In Part 7, the God Bless America quilt was delivered to the Massachusetts Fisher House in Boston.  The plan was to have a grand event and send-off, but the Director asked if Boston could have the quilt.  Headquarters not only agreed, … Continue reading

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Moments #1

Never take for granted the little moments. Look up.  See what is right there.  It won’t last, but the moment is there.  Now. Nature in all her beauty and color is a living art show, waiting to be seen. Look … Continue reading

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Milly – Part 7

In Part 6, the quilt, Milly, and the children were VIPs aboard the Intrepid Museum in NYC.  What an event!  The museum’s Curator called me to say the quilt was too large to hang at the museum.  Their Executive Board unanimously … Continue reading

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John Kraft

Dear Fellow Bloggers, John Kraft, the witty and humorous blogger, has died.  His blog, Down the Hall on Your Left, was one of the first blogs I followed.  From trips to Ireland, to crime serials, to life at Starbucks, his … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud

A picture is worth a thousand words. A good friend sent me this photo reading to her grandchild. It is never too early to read aloud to a child. A child is never too young to hear words while seeing … Continue reading

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Milly – Part 6

In Part 5, the children were over the moon singing “God Bless America” at every opportunity.  We sang for soldiers, and made our own God Bless America book for families, writing and illustrating all the words to the song.  Children still … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday July 29th 2021 – #Olympics Pete Springer, #Patchwork Jennie Fitzkee, #Research Jacqui Murray

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. The first post is from Pete Springer who shares the…

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Milly – Part 5

In Part 4 the Peace Quilt became part of the permanent collection at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and Milly became an important part of my classroom.  Children adored her.  She loved singing, and Milly’s favorite song was our favorite … Continue reading

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A good education

Originally posted on beetleypete:
I confess that I know little of the school system today. I am aware that many teachers are unhappy, that exam results are possibly being manipulated, and Department of Education targets seem to be the driving…

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Milly – Part 4

In Part 3, Milly brought in beautiful fabrics and placed them on the sketch of the Peace Quilt spread out across a big table.  Children came to her like moths to a candle, picking out just the right fabrics.  At … Continue reading

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