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Field and Forest Friday with the Sun Class

September 30, 2020 | Becca Brasser

Every Friday afternoon, the first grade classes journey outside of the building to spend time in the fresh air.

For the past two weeks, the students and teachers have walked to Columbus Park to spend the afternoon in outdoor play. Imagination games, tagging games, and nature study have filled our afternoons so far, along with stories, observational drawings, and picnicking.

Last Friday, jump ropes were part of our supply bag.

The children jumped, invented new games, and even used the jump ropes as fishing lines and lifesaving tools on their imaginary “Viking Ship” (the flagpole pedestal).

The Viking Ship imaginary play turned into an economy! The children discovered treasures throughout the park (sticks, rocks, strings, and other things!) and bartered with each other.

Our walk back to school provided many moments of joy and exploration too!

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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