August G…uest #7: Children – Teaching, Reading, Storytelling, and More

Jennie Meet Jennie @ A Teacher’s Reflections
Thank you, Esmé, for having me as a guest on your wonderful blog.  First, let me introduce myself.  I am Jennie, a long time preschool teacher, 30+ years is definitely a long time, and… well, that’s what I want to talk about.

My first day of teaching was filled with fear (of course).  My co-teacher had a plan, I was to read books to the children every day.  I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother.  This was the one and only book, and to this day I remember it vividly.  That first day my co-teacher handed me Swimmy by Leo  Lionni.  It was magical for me, and for the children.  It was a taste of something I knew I had to have.  And, I couldn’t get enough.
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I consumed children’s books over the next few decades.  The more I read aloud, the more children wanted to hear stories, and be read to.  I had plenty of books in the classroom for children to touch, feel, hold, and turn the pages.  Questions and interest exploded.  I was the yeast in the dough, or perhaps the children were the yeast.  I kept a dictionary nearby to look up new words.  That was fun!
I became picky about books.  I just couldn’t bear reading aloud poor literature.  Thank goodness, as outstanding books are a golden key to open the mind, and spark so many questions.  I pushed the button, opened the envelope.  All I had to do was stop. Give a worried look.  Say , “Oh, dear.”  Forty minutes later we would be discussing how Rapunzel’s tower was built, or if it was fair that Jack’s mother threw the magic beans out the window.
I was doing more than reading.  I was throwing out a lifeline, a learning line, and it worked.
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Conversations spilled over into lunchtime.  One day I spontaneously told a story that happened in my childhood, about The Peanut Man who came to school once a year. Then I told another story about being afraid of bats, then another one about a raccoon in my house… and so on.  They became “Jennie Stories”, and were begged for every day.
Lightbulb moment – I didn’t always need books with pictures.  Storytelling allowed the children to “make the pictures in their head”.  Oh, they did!  I decided to read aloud a chapter book, just before rest time.  Charlotte’s Web instantly became a favorite.  Children listened, remembered, asked questions.  They were part of the story.  Chapter reading was not something that preschool teachers did.  Well, I did because I had gone from picture books to storytelling, and the children couldn’t get enough.  How wonderful!
The day that Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, visited my classroom to see the teacher that reads aloud, and reads chapter books to preschoolers, was terrific. His book was my “parent handbook” when my kids were little.  And now I am part of his latest (and last) edition.
Listen to children.  Pay attention to them, and to what they like.  Read, read, read.  It makes the biggest difference.  Children that I taught ages ago return to school and tell me so.
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Please visit our wonderful Guest Blogger, Jennie @ A Teacher’s Reflections to read more about all her teaching preschoolers for over thirty years.
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120 Comments
  • August G…uest Post Roundup | The Recipe Hunter
    Posted at 08:54h, 02 September Reply

    […] Children – Teaching, Reading, Storytelling, and More by Jennie […]

  • Norah Colvin
    Posted at 03:53h, 19 August Reply

    Thank you for sharing. Jennie is inspirational. Her words come straight from her heart and her enormous love of children and books.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 04:42h, 19 August Reply

      😊

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:47h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you for visiting and your comment. I am just wondering if you would like to do a G…uest post as well. Please let me know, then I can set you up and you can do a post at your convenience. That will be awesome, thanks for thinking about it.

  • L. Marie
    Posted at 08:37h, 18 August Reply

    How lovely to discover how you went into teaching. Very inspiring!

    • Jennie
      Posted at 10:31h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:11h, 18 August Reply

      Hi L Marie – This is a personal invite to you to find out if you would be interested to also do a G…uest Post with me? Think about it and please let me know. Thanks

      • Jennie
        Posted at 18:51h, 18 August Reply

        Wonderful!

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 19:10h, 18 August Reply

          I would so love to get some of your blogger friends to also participate as a G…uest

  • laura bruno lilly
    Posted at 07:51h, 18 August Reply

    “I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother. This was the one and only book, and to this day I remember it vividly.”
    Wow. And out of want was birthed passion…

    • Jennie
      Posted at 10:31h, 18 August Reply

      I think you’re right, Laura. 😊

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:12h, 18 August Reply

      Dear Laura. Do you wish to participate and also G…uest Post here with us? What do you think? Please let me know if you’re interested.

      • laura bruno lilly
        Posted at 11:46h, 23 August Reply

        How sweet. Thanks for the invite! Would love to contribute, but not quite sure when, later more that sooner for sure – will notify you via your blog instructions when I get closer to a possible time and/or have an idea of what to write! HA!
        Have a good ‘after eclipse glow’ week.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:13h, 23 August Reply

          Awesome – just let me know when ready and I will be honored to have you as a Guest.

  • dgkaye
    Posted at 13:54h, 17 August Reply

    We need more teachers like Jennie 🙂

    • Jennie
      Posted at 13:58h, 17 August Reply

      Awww… that is so nice. Thank you! 😊

      • dgkaye
        Posted at 14:18h, 17 August Reply

        🙂 Just sayin’

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:14h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Debby. What an honor to have you visit my humble blog and read Jennie’s post. May I dream on, and hope that you would like to participate and do a G…uest Post???

      • dgkaye
        Posted at 07:50h, 19 August Reply

        Hi Esme. Thanks so much for your lovely invite. I would be happy to share a recipe with you if you would like. 🙂

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 09:28h, 19 August Reply

          WOW, I am humbled and flattered. I see your email as: [email protected] Please confirm then I will send you an invite and you can write your very own post direct on my blog. If you need to add any images, this WP contributor role unfortunately does not allow you to add images, then please email them to [email protected] and I will add it on your behalf. I also respectfully ask permission to link to your blog and also if I am permitted to add a picture of you. Please also email that to me if agreed. If you wish to write about another topic, feel free, as I do accept any topic, but if you like to add a recipe, that will be great. Thanks in advance

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 10:23h, 19 August

            Thanks Esme. Yes, that’s my email. I look forward to your email. And I will send you my author photo along with the post and of course, feel free to link to my blog and I will also reblog it after your post. 🙂 Thank you for your invite. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 11:50h, 19 August

            Awesome – invite done – you should now be set up and ready to do your post. I am so happy to have you on board and looking forward to your post.

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 11:59h, 19 August

            Thanks Esme. 🙂 I’ve not written directly on other posts before so I’ll give it a whirl. I’m self hosted and often WP.com gives me grief with my WP.org self hosted. I’ll let you know if any snags. I ‘ve had a few with other bloggers and had to send a Word doc for them to copy and paste themselves. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 12:06h, 19 August

            Hope it will work, once you accept the invite. But anyway, let me know. Thanks again so much for your willingness to Guest Post with me

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 12:08h, 19 August

            Will do. I’m attempting to work on it now. I’ll let you know when it’s done and email you pics to add. 🙂 Thanks again for the invite. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 12:34h, 19 August

            WOW Thanks awesome – looking forward to it. Thanks again 🙂 🙂

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 13:39h, 19 August

            Hi Esme, Could you please check if you got it? I’ll forward you an email with photos to add. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 14:27h, 19 August

            Awesome thanks sooooooooooo much. Received it as well as your email. I will publish your post still today. It’s only 2:30 pm here so once I have added the images and social media info I will hit publish. BTW please send me your social media links then I can add it to the post as well. What an honor to have you as G…uest Poster. ♥

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 14:51h, 19 August

            Wow, thanks so much Esme. I will send the links to you now. Wow, I didn’t expect you to publish right away. what an honor. I will visit comments and reblog it on my blog early next week. I’ll link back and ping you when I do. <3

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 15:01h, 19 August

            It’s am absolute pleasure Debby – It’s a matter of first come and you get added to the next slot. As soon as I receive your email I will add it. It has not arrived in my email as yet.

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 15:15h, 19 August

            Just sent. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 15:16h, 19 August

            Ok, think my server a bit slow, but am sure it will arrive in my inbox shortly. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 15:17h, 19 August

            I am thanking YOU. 🙂 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 15:20h, 19 August

            ♥ ♥

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 15:15h, 19 August

            I have all your social media links from your blog – no need to worry further. I should have checked there before asking you to email me.
            Please feel free to connect with me on social media and any of my author and blog pages at:
            http://www.dgkayewriter.com
            http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye
            http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7
            http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)
            http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye
            http://www.linkedin.com/in/DGKaye7
            http://www.google.com/+debbydgkayegies
            http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7
            http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
            http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 15:17h, 19 August

            Lol, thank you again 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 15:23h, 19 August

            Thanks again – Will be published tonight for sure

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 15:57h, 19 August

            Yay! So excited! I’ll share everywhere, then repost on my Tuesday new beginning of week blogs. <3

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 19:15h, 19 August

            Just wanted to let you know I have published it – thanks once again and than ks for sharing everywhere. ♥

          • dgkaye
            Posted at 21:46h, 19 August

            Be right over!

  • robbiesinspiration
    Posted at 13:06h, 17 August Reply

    What a lovely job, reading and teaching children, although I know that it takes a special type of person to do it really well and bring out the absolute best in children.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 13:59h, 17 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Robbie! 😊

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:16h, 18 August Reply

      Robbie – How about you? Do you think that you may possible be interested to G…uest Post with me? Drop me a note and let me know, thanks

    • Jennie
      Posted at 12:09h, 17 August Reply

      Many thanks, Sally!

  • D. Wallace Peach
    Posted at 07:55h, 17 August Reply

    Lovely guest post, Jennie and Esme. I’ve never met a little kid who didn’t love a book and having adults around who are just as enthusiastic is wonderful! 😀

    • Jennie
      Posted at 12:06h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Diana. It’s true! 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:18h, 18 August Reply

      Again, I dream big, and wish to extend an invitation to you as well and ask if you would be interested to do a G…uest Post. Thanks for considering.

      • D. Wallace Peach
        Posted at 19:08h, 18 August Reply

        Thank you so much, Esme. I would love to but will need a bit of time to pull something together if that’s all right. I’ve been doing a lot of “me” posts lately and I’m getting sick of myself. Ha ha. Have a great weekend. 🙂

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 09:39h, 19 August Reply

          No rush at all. I have your email address as [email protected] so I can send you the invite, then you can accept and do the post at your convenience. Please let me know if I can send the invite. Looking forward to your post on my humble blog.

          • D. Wallace Peach
            Posted at 10:15h, 19 August

            Sure! Send it along. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 11:55h, 19 August

            Whoop whoop – invite done, so all set up and ready to go. Let me know if you need any other information.

          • D. Wallace Peach
            Posted at 12:03h, 19 August

            Will do 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 12:07h, 19 August

            Wonderful, looking forward to it

          • D. Wallace Peach
            Posted at 12:15h, 19 August

            I checked and didn’t see anything come through. Would you send again to [email protected]? Thanks!

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 12:34h, 19 August

            Hi there – Invite done, hope this one will work.

          • D. Wallace Peach
            Posted at 16:08h, 19 August

            Yes! Thank you. 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 19:17h, 19 August

            Awesome, just let me know once you have done your draft and send me your images and social media links and I will give you a publish date within 48 hours after I received your email.:)

  • Osyth
    Posted at 04:33h, 17 August Reply

    Hello Jennie! You absolutely speak to my heart here. Reading to and with children is the greatest gift we can give them. Add storytelling to the mix and I think those children will never be lonely.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 05:04h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you! I couldn’t agree with you more. 😊

  • Marcia Strykowski
    Posted at 13:41h, 16 August Reply

    Great post about a great teacher! I love hearing the details of how and why Jennie reads picture books AND chapter books to her preschoolers.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 14:18h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you, Marcia! You are so kind. 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:20h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Marcia – Wow I am gobsmacked by all you wonderful people reading this post. Yes, I would like to find out if you would be interested in G…uest Posting??

  • beetleypete
    Posted at 13:31h, 16 August Reply

    You can’t have a better guest than Jennie. Her love of reading, and that same love for children always warms my cynical old heart.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 14:13h, 16 August Reply

      Your kind words are very much appreciated, Pete. Many thank yous!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:23h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Pete – read your about and just love it, how about you share some of your stories etc. as a G…uest Poster here with us? What do you think?

      • beetleypete
        Posted at 00:34h, 19 August Reply

        Would you like to reblog something, or shall I write something just for your site? Let me know the type of subject matter you have in mind, and email me at [email protected]
        Thanks very much for getting in touch.
        Best wishes, Pete.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 09:35h, 19 August Reply

          Hi Pete – I would love it if you can write something, or if you do not have time, then just copy and redo a post direct on my blog, but I do prefer a fresh post not a reblog. I will send you the invite in a minute to your address as listed above and then you can do your post at your convenience. The WP contributor role unfortunately does not allow you to add any images, so please email that to me at [email protected] for me to add. I also request your permission to add a pingback to your blog as well as permission to add a picture of you. If permitted, please add that to your email to me. I am humbled and honed that you’re willing to be a G…uest here. Looking forward to your contribution.

          • beetleypete
            Posted at 10:20h, 19 August

            No problem. I will get on it soon, and send a photo with the article. Any preferences on subject matter?

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 11:52h, 19 August

            Thank you so much, Invite done and looking foward to your post. Any subject matter will be good, thanks so much. Email your pictures once done and I will provide publish date within 48 hours of receipt of your email. Looking forward to your post. Thanks so much

  • thoughtsnlifeblog
    Posted at 12:48h, 16 August Reply

    Great interview and inspiring. Reading is wonderful , though as a child I did like it so, but story time with dad was the best thing ever.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 14:10h, 16 August Reply

      What you said is powerful; while you liked reading, the best was story time. Hearing the words is tremendously important. Thank you!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:25h, 18 August Reply

      Dear Bella. I visited your lovely blog and would like to ask you if you would consider being a G…uest blogger here as well? Looking forward to hear from you

      • thoughtsnlifeblog
        Posted at 13:06h, 19 August Reply

        Oh thank you . What would a guest post entail i am still a relative newbie at blogging. Regards bella

  • Sue Dreamwalker
    Posted at 12:21h, 16 August Reply

    Wonderful.. Jennie is a wonderful teacher, I wish She had been mine when I was at school. 🙂

    • Jennie
      Posted at 14:00h, 16 August Reply

      Aww… that is so nice, Sue. Thank you! 😊

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 18:26h, 18 August Reply

      Dear Sue, I visited your blog and love what I found there. May I ask if you would be interested to G…uest Post here with us.

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Posted at 03:26h, 19 August Reply

        Many thanks for your kind offer, I had a lovely time browsing your own blog.. And May I take a rain-check and get back to you when I have a little more time… This next week is a busy one for me, but I look forward to getting to know you and your blog in more depth very soon. 🙂 Sue

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 09:30h, 19 August Reply

          Sue that will be perfect. If you wish, just let me know then I can do the invite and you can do your post at your convenience. I await your response. No rush to do the post.

          • Sue Dreamwalker
            Posted at 06:03h, 20 August

            Many thanks and I will let you know, could I request though you take down my email from public view, even though it is only used for WP, to prevent spam etc.. Many thanks to you 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 17:35h, 20 August

            Sorry if I have caused any issues, never intended, but removed as requested. Please keep me posted should you be interested.

          • Sue Dreamwalker
            Posted at 03:19h, 21 August

            No my friend you have not caused a problem, at all. And I apologise if my comment made you feel that it was, It is just I have experienced problems before, so had to alter my email address for WP.. And just prefer to keep it hidden, and for the use of my WordPress friends who can view it in their comment sections.. And yes.. I am very interested in your offer, Sorry I do not know your first name.. 🙂 But I have a funeral to attend on Wednesday, so for the moment I can not give your kind request the attention it deserves. So please bare with me..
            Many thanks again.. And thank you so much.. Blessings Sue 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:46h, 21 August

            My name is Esmé and not to worry about anything Sue. Take care and sorry to hear about the funeral. I will do the invite and when you’re ready, just drop me an email at [email protected] and we can chat further. Talk to you later.

          • Sue Dreamwalker
            Posted at 09:21h, 21 August

            Thank you Esme, and I accepted your invite… And will indeed be in touch.. Many thanks Sue 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 10:22h, 21 August

            Awesome whoop whoop. Looking forward to it. 🌹🌹

  • Jennie
    Posted at 12:10h, 16 August Reply

    Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    I was invited to be a guest blogger on The Recipe Hunter’s terrific blog. Thank you, Esmé. It’s a great story… about me!

  • Jennie
    Posted at 11:32h, 15 August Reply

    Thank you so much, Esmé, for having me as a guest blogger! 😊

  • Judy E Martin
    Posted at 10:57h, 15 August Reply

    Children always love hearing stories, especially when they get to ask questions and become more involved. This is such a lovely, cheery post 🙂

    • Jennie
      Posted at 14:19h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you, Judy. 😊

    • Jennie
      Posted at 11:56h, 15 August Reply

      Thank you so much for reblogging. Always an honor!

      • OIKOS™-Redaktion
        Posted at 12:43h, 15 August Reply

        The permission for reblogging is always an honor for us. Have a nice week ahead, and many thanks for your postings. 😉 Michael

        • Jennie
          Posted at 14:30h, 15 August Reply

          😊🌻☀️

  • amindfultravellerblog
    Posted at 06:19h, 15 August Reply

    I would always read to my children at night when they were younger. It’s a special time to bond together. Truly irreplaceable memories. X

  • Ritu
    Posted at 06:11h, 15 August Reply

    Wonderful post! Jennie I totally agree – reading aloud and storytelling are two of the most powerful gifts we can give a child 😍

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:15h, 15 August Reply

      Yes, I can see that with our grandkiddies – They just ♥ it when we read stories to them. They are like sponges, and just suck up all the info. Even our 2 year are clued to me when we start reading her books.

      • Ritu
        Posted at 06:43h, 15 August Reply

        And, like Jennie, I frequently make up stories for my class Too!

        • Jennie
          Posted at 11:48h, 15 August Reply

          Yes!! 😀

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 16:46h, 15 August Reply

          Wish you were close to be teachers for our grandkids

          • Jennie
            Posted at 19:57h, 15 August

            Awww… that is so nice. I would love that. Thank you!

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 20:39h, 15 August

            Its the truth Jennie ♥

          • Ritu
            Posted at 23:31h, 15 August

            That is such a sweet compliment Jennie. Thank you 😍 they’re lucky to have you xxx

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:59h, 16 August

            Ritu, you and Jennie are awesome – Keep it up ♥ ♥

          • Ritu
            Posted at 07:04h, 16 August

            😙

          • Jennie
            Posted at 12:37h, 16 August

            😊

          • Jennie
            Posted at 12:37h, 16 August

            😊

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 17:33h, 16 August

      • Jennie
        Posted at 11:30h, 15 August Reply

        Wonderful!

    • Jennie
      Posted at 11:29h, 15 August Reply

      Thank you, Ritu!

  • August Guest Post #7; Children: Teaching. Reading. Storytelling. – The Militant Negro™
    Posted at 06:10h, 15 August Reply

    […] Posted on August 15, 2017 by Jennie […]

  • Mr. Militant Negro
    Posted at 06:07h, 15 August Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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