Category Archives: Gloria

Gloria’s Summer Adventure – With Oscar

Gloria is spending time at my house until she ‘heads to Maine’ for her annual summer retreat. “Jennie, can Oscar come. too?  He really wants to spend the summer with me.” “Of course he can, Gloria.” The first day was … Continue reading

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Meeting a Blogger: The Letter, The Book, and the Otter

Do you often think how wonderful it would be to meet a favorite blogger – in person – and spend the day with them?  I certainly do.  And it happened!  Well, in order to tell the wonderful story, I must … Continue reading

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Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 3, the Finale

In Part 2, Gloria saw the White House and an Egyptian Mummy at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Part 3 Hey Aqua Room, Gloria had a really exciting day yesterday.  First she went to the Spy Museum!  It was pretty … Continue reading

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Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 2

In Part 1, Gloria and Tim visited the Lincoln Memorial. President Lincoln believed in equality for all. Tim and his parents thought Gloria would like that lesson. Part 2 Hey Aqua Room, Gloria had a very busy day yesterday!  First … Continue reading

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Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 1

Gloria has been in Washington D.C. with a classmate (I’ll call him Tim.)  His father sent an email and photos to the class each day about Gloria’s adventures in Washington. Hey Aqua Room, Tim wanted to send a note to … Continue reading

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The Best of Chapter Reading

My Grandfather Our current chapter reading book at school is Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The last chapter that we read, ‘Indians in the House’, sparked intense questions and conversations about Indians and people who are … Continue reading

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Mystery Missing Photo

Some bloggers were not able to see the photo of Gloria’s last journal entry (over two years ago) in my recent blog post.  She went to Disney on Ice and to Gymnastics!  Gee, I wish I had her social schedule.  … Continue reading

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Things Happen in Threes

Things certainly do happen in threes.  This week: 1)   The mask mandate at school was lifted. 2)  Gloria will now be allowed to go home with children for weekend visits.  Her last visit was two years ago.  This is her … Continue reading

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Naughty Gloria and Lucky the Leprechaun

This is how I found Gloria when I arrived at school this morning. I was shocked.  She was laughing.  I was not amused. The children couldn’t believe their eyes when they walked into the classroom.  Actually, they were excited after … Continue reading

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Dolls, Love, and Lucy School

My beloved childhood dolls It started last week.  Dolls.  It is growing in ways teachers hadn’t imagined.  We rotate our dramatic play area frequently, and it’s been a while since it was our traditional housekeeping area with a play kitchen … Continue reading

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