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.

Two Moons, Two Jane Yolen Books

The year was 1987.  I had been teaching preschool for three years.  I was immersed in children’s books, reading the great ones and the new ones.  That was the year I became picky about books, because what I read aloud … Continue reading

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Heaven at Night

The dragonfly show has finished. Summer children are sleeping. The sun has set. Another beautiful world is awakening. Heaven, indeed. Jennie

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My Summer Children

Children are a wonder. Nature is a wonder, too. Both grow, with the help of loving adults. I take care of my ‘summer children.’ My eyes are witness to life, and sometimes death.  I see beauty, and I am humbled … Continue reading

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When Teachers Tell Their Stories – Part 7

In Part 6, I turned off the lights to tell a story, “The Halloween Story.”  Lights off can be as bonding as snuggling, and definitely an attention grabber.  The lesson learned was being brave, and how scary things might not be … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
Always be on the watch for the coming of wonders. ~ E.B. White ~ _________

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Wish Tree

Have you ever seen  a Wish Tree? Walking along a beach on Cape Cod with friends, we rounded a bend along the sand where it meets the shore.  This was a remote stretch of the beach, quite a distance from … Continue reading

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A Few Quotations on Reading

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://pixabay.com) “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”                                                                    Confucius (https://en.wikipedia.org) “Once you learn to read, you…

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