Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee

Jennie nails it with her practice of reading aloud and advice to others to do the same.

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Delighted to share another wonderful post from pre-school teacher Jennie Fitzkee. This week the joys and benefits of reading aloud for both child and teacher…or parent.

How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee

My very first day of teaching preschool in Massachusetts, thirty-two years ago, was both career and life altering. Lindy, my co-teacher, asked me to read the picture books to children each day after our Morning Meeting. Sure (gulp)! I was new, scared, and unfamiliar with many children’s books. I had not been read to as a child, except for The Five Chinese Brothers from my grandmother. I still remember the page that opens sideways, with the brother who could stretch his legs. One book, and to this day I remember it vividly.

The book I read to the children on that first day of school was Swimmy, by Leo…

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Retired in 2013 after 5 years as an elementary school teacher and 40 years as a sales representative. My essays/stories are a way to communicate through the telling of personal experiences. One reader said about my essays, "...these are like a cold sip during a marathon run, simple, real life events". Enjoy the run!

8 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – How Reading-Aloud Made Me the Teacher and Person I Am Today by Jennie Fitzkee”

    1. That’s a great imagination, Derrick. Jenny is a teacher and if I had to go to school again, then I would want her for my early years teacher. Check out her blog. As for you, I always take time to study you photos to enjoy them even more

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  1. What an interesting article.  I think one of the most enjoyable parts of teaching that I loved was reading aloud to the little ones gathered around my feet. Just to watch the expressions on their faces was what I loved to see.  Now it’s the grandchildren’s turn to listen to this old granny.  Sorry to read in your last post about your favorite “spot to light” was closing, but you’ll enjoy getting together with your buddies wherever you decide to light.  I’ve tried to call Janet twice but haven’t gotten to speak with her.  Had a nice conversation with Johnny but Janet was asleep and today there was no answer so I left a message. Will try again.  Thanks for the article. Love you  

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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    1. The author is a preschool teacher in MA. We follow each other’s blog and as I’ve told her, if I had to start school again, I would want her as my teacher. Her blogs are about her classroom and the amazing activities they do. Thanks for reading, June.


  2. Steve, I have followed Jenny and Sally for awhile; ❤❤ Two terrific bloggers who support others, too. This was such a great beginning post for Jenny to share how reading aloud was not part of her own childhood but she has certainly influenced children for years! 📔📚📘

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