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Autumn Leaves are Tumbling Down

November 18, 2020 | Felicity Greene

It’s that special time of year when the air starts to get crisp, the leaves start to turn, and the days feel a little bit shorter. Since the children are not playing at the playground this year, it has given them an opportunity to get to know the many fields of Church Square Park.

The Sky Class has been taking advantage of this time in the fields and the wonderful weather before the winds get a little too cold and the ground gets a little too muddy.

Time outside has been spent getting in touch with nature — literally!  The children have been busy raking, hugging trees, and collecting piles of leaves…

lots, and lots of leaves!

All of this play has caused the children to take a closer look at the leaves covering the ground and to think about the ways that they have seen them change in the last month.  Have they changed colors?  Has the texture of the leaves changed, and how so?  This curiosity about leaves continued to grow, and the children began collecting leaves that they found interesting.

 

Unfortunately, these beautiful leaves don’t last forever, but there is a way to preserve them. This week, the children took on the challenge of creating leaf rubbings with the leaves they had collected.  The children were challenged to find a color that was similar to that of the leaf, and gently make an impression by rubbing the crayon across the paper. These rubbings have made a timely addition to the tree in the Sky Classroom.

I wonder how much the foliage will change between now and when the children return from Thanksgiving break? The Sky Class teachers are excited to observe more changes in our surroundings as fall starts to fade into winter!

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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