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A Visual Schedule

June 17, 2020 | Clara Buckley

The children are eager to know if today is the day Mrs. Mauldin comes to sing with us. She only comes once a week, so more often it is not a Mrs. Mauldin day. A usual morning in the Rivers Class follows the same routine; worship, bathroom, park, bathroom, snack, rhymes… There are lots of transitions to remember. To make this easier for the children, and visitors to the classroom, we introduced a visual schedule.

“There’s me!”

The morning is mapped out using photographs and words. This is a simplified schedule. You don’t see our independent reading time, planning meeting, singing or prayer at the close of the morning. All activities mounted on blue paper are whole class activities that take place on the nest.
When the children saw the planner they immediately wanted to check what was happening today.

“That’s the end of the day.”

“We’re in drama.”

On a day Mrs. Mauldin is scheduled to sing with us, her photo replaces the photo of Ms Buckley leading rhymes.

The children can use the schedule when they’re wondering what comes next, (or how long it will be before dismissal on days when they’re missing home). Theo: “One more, a blue one, and then we’re going home.”

Does your child ask, “What are we doing tomorrow?”
Do you have a wall planner or calendar at home?

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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