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Springtime Observations

March 24, 2021 | Clara Buckley

This week the park felt different. The sun shone and Spring was in the air. 

Mr. Johnson led us on a walk to find signs of Spring.

First we observed the buds on the long tree branch.

Then we walked to the Firefighter Memorial to see what is shooting out of the ground there. “Carrots!” was the children’s best (and only) guess. We’ll check the shoots again next week to observe how they change.

Finally, we stopped and listened…

Several different bird songs could be heard over the city noises.

Many three-year-olds do not remember much detail about spring a year ago.  This process is new to them in many ways.

At the end of the day we read, ‘And Then It’s Spring’ by Julie Fogliano. The children saw it took “ages and ages” for the seeds to grow.

This week we watched a Little Library being installed in Church Square Park.

When the library was open, we stopped by to see what is inside. Have you borrowed a book from a Little Library before?

We may have snow and cold again before Spring is truly here but, for now, we’ll appreciate this early taste.

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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