Category Archives: Halloween

The Fog Calls a Teacher

Halloween was over, and a thick fog settled in. This was a fog never seen.  Never. The fog called me. I wanted to run, be with the fog, get swallowed. I am a child at heart. I have the eyes … Continue reading

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Creepy Sunset

My favorite intersection on the way home has beautiful sunsets. Tonight was different. The house! I’ve never seen it ‘come alive’. Halloween is here. Beware! Jennie

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Magic at School

The most important part of school is making connections.  When teachers connect with children, and when children connect with each other, the school year begins.  It turns on ‘the light’, and that light enables learning, and is deep inside everyone.  … Continue reading

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Old Cemeteries in New England

Fall in New England is beautiful in color.  Groton’s old cemetery is lush with ancient trees and headstones that date back to the 1600’s.  Most of the headstones are made of slate, so they retain their carvings.  A walk through … Continue reading

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Gloria Trick-Or-Treating Through the Years

After Halloween and trick-or-treat, children need to reminisce.  Of course they do!  They write picture stories about their adventures on Halloween night.  We talk about costumes and candy.  Remembering the good times is important. When a child talked about being … Continue reading

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Pink Baby Shark

Pink Baby Shark arrived at our back door. She was trick-or-treating for the very first time. And she came here. Mom and Dad are looking on. Hubby is in the doorway. Everyone is smiling. This is precious.  Never forget the … Continue reading

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Halloween at School

Instead of Halloween costumes at school, which can be scary for many children, we wear pajamas.  Teachers, too! We have a “Day in the Dark” with flashlights, glow sticks, black playdoh, and Lite Brite. We made Jack-O-Lanterns out of paper … Continue reading

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Halloween’s Full Moon…a Little Creepy

I was determined to take a photo of tonight’s Halloween full moon – the first full moon and blue moon on Halloween night since 1944. This was the first photo I snapped from my backyard.  We had snow yesterday, so … Continue reading

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Halloween and a “Jennie Story”

Our ‘Day in the Dark’ and ‘Pajama Day’ at school was fun.  Glow sticks and black play dough were a big hit.  Wearing pajamas to school is cool.  Things are different this year, yet the constant is storytelling. Storytelling is, … Continue reading

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Halloween, Then and Now at School

Our classroom family event, a few years ago. Halloween is quite different this year.  There’s no trick-or-treating.  Children will be wearing pajamas to school today for ‘PJ Day’, and ‘A Day in the Dark’.  These are fun alternatives to costumes, … Continue reading

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