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.

The Student’s Letter…and More

Roshan visiting four years ago. I am always surprised when I hear from a former student.  This letter from Roshan made my day: Dear Ms. Jennie, How are you doing? This is Roshan. I am currently in 12th grade this … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ _____________

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Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children

Covid-19 has actually made teachers rethink how to best teach young children.  At school, we decided that spending more time outside is better for children.  We teachers all know the benefits of nature, yet the demands of what children need … Continue reading

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The Crossing Guard Chronicles: ‘Change Is The Only Constant’ *

Originally posted on S'amusing:
* The credit for this quote goes to a Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived around 500 BC. He believed that permanence does not exist, everything is in a state of ‘change’. Heraclitus was right, I…

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your Children’s book reviews – #PictureBooks with Jennie Fitzkee

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would…

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Books, Reading, and Puzzles

I can’t say enough to the families of the children I teach, about books and reading. The more they know and understand, the better it is for their child. This is a newsletter I sent to families yesterday: Hi Families, … Continue reading

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Happy National Read a Book Day!

Originally posted on By Hook Or By Book:
Today I begin the wonderful journey of reading aloud “Charlotte’s Web” to my class. These quotations bring to life the passion and importance and learning that happens when reading books. By Hook Or By Book View original post

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Small Town America – Labor Day

This is my town. Small town America. Flags fly on Labor Day. This Labor Day is so important to thank all those who have labored for us, especially firefighters, first responders, police officers, military, teachers, doctors and nurses. I cannot imagine … Continue reading

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Simple Eight Gifts that do not cost us a Cent………

Originally posted on Boundless Blessings by Kamal:
–THE GIFT OF LISTENING: Must REALLY listen when someone is talking with a quiet mind. It is one of the most important aspects of our life. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Simply listen…

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School, the End of Summer, and My Porch

Back to school is hard. I feel like the children do, apprehensive and unsure. Summer is ending. The crickets are telling me so. During this transition, the place that grounds me is my porch. On my porch, I’m still part … Continue reading

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