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Combining Service and Math

May 26, 2021 | Becca Brasser

This week, we started collecting items for The Lighthouse, and it is exciting to see how the children have taken ownership of the collecting and documenting of the items brought to school so far. 

The children began tallying the items collected in groups of ten. For each item, a gold star sticker is added to a ten-frame. When a ten-frame is filled, we can count by tens, then add the remaining single star stickers. This builds on the concepts the children have developed during our recent math investigation into using two-digit numbers! 


So far, we have collected: 

14 cleaning supplies (sprays/wipes)

11 sponges

37 rolls of toilet paper

14 rolls of paper towel

4 boxes of tissues

The Lighthouse is a project run by the Episcopal Churches of Jersey City. It is an organization dedicated to providing housing, hope, and healing for refugees, asylees, and immigrants who’ve been recently released from detention. We will be collecting cleaning supplies and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues) for the Lighthouse as these are needing constant replenishment! Please bring these items to school until Friday, June 4. We look forward to showing hospitality to our new neighbors at the Lighthouse in this way!

Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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