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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I always feel the need to acknowledge Dr. Seuss’ birthday because his books made such an impression on me as a child! As a result, I have always enjoyed sharing his stories with the preschoolers I have worked with over the years. Many people don’t realize that his first book, And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 publishers.  Imagine that! It just goes to show that you should never give up on a dream!

I would like to end this with one of several of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Take a Picture, it WILL Last Longer

We often get some great ideas from parents and when we do, we love to share!

Well, you all know that bringing an oversized toy to daycare is not really the best idea but some children just find it so hard to part with a particular toy for the day because they are attached. One Mom came up with the perfect solution! Take a picture of your child with the object and let him bring the picture to school! There was a little guy in my room one day who just clung on to his picture with the biggest smile and asked if he could show his friends and talk about it at circle time. It turned out it was a shot of him sitting on a huge stuffed shark that he had received as a gift. It was too cute as the thing was bigger than he was! :>) Bravo Mom!  You came up with a great solution! The stuffed animal didn’t cause chaos at school and you made your child very happy.

A Merry and Happy To All!!

Jo Ann and I always believed in having fun and celebrating the holidays with the children. We would ask each family what they celebrated and we would also do so at school. Walking into our classroom you would see footprint Rudolphs next to popsicle stick Stars of David, Xmas tunes would be playing and a Dreidel game would be going on. You get the picture! Let’s enjoy and learn from one another through celebration. It truly is what brings people together. We have such fond and wonderful memories of these special times that we shared with so many. Thank you!

This year has been an especially wonderful time for me and Jo with the publication of our book and all the nice people we have met and spoken with through TV, radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews. We would like to thank all of you that have made this journey with us and to the people who have bought our book. We look forward to an even more exciting new year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Peace and happiness to you all!!!!

Jackie and Jo-Jo

Tell Me a Story Please!

I love November, it means Tellabration! All over the world, storytelling events are being held to promote the oral tradition of storytelling.

Over 20 years ago, my director sent me and a fellow teacher out to Tennessee for the National Storytelling festival, a weekend event. I have to admit, I really did not know what to expect. When we arrived, there were tents spread out over a large area. In each tent there was a stage and rows and rows of chairs. As we walked around, we learned that in each tent a storyteller would tell a different type of story (fables, folktales, historical tales, adult stories, scary stories and not so scary stories known as jump tales, to name a few).

Finally we chose a tent and sat down. Soon after, a bus pulled up and a group of boys around the age of 8 or 9 stepped out. They entered the tent we were in and sat down in front of us. They were chatting excitedly and we were sure we would not be able to hear the storyteller. But we were wrong, as soon as the teller came out and began to speak, the boys immediately quieted and were transfixed by the tells words. As she spoke she created mental pictures of the scene as well as the characters , as if each character stood before us. I found myself watching the boys in amazement. They sat motionless, as if someone was reading rather than telling them a story. The entire audience was captivated by the teller! She used her voice and vocal intonation, as well as hand gestures and body movements to tell the tale. After observing all this, both my fellow teacher and I were hooked. We realized we had just witnessed a valuable teaching tool.

It’s easy to understand why these children were captivated, children first learn by listening to sounds which builds the foundation for language so they can learn new words and vocabulary and finally, read. Storytelling allows children to use their imagination to create the characters and scenes in the mind’s eye. And finally, listening to stories being told builds excitement for books and motivates children to want to read.

Simply go to www.storynet.org to find a Tellabration story event in your area.

We hope you will attend one of these events with your child, it will be a rare and wonderful treat!

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