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Flip and Zip

October 21, 2020 | Clara Buckley

The weather is changing. More layers of clothes mean more time dressing and undressing.

We learned a new technique for putting on coats – “the flip” Many children have mastered this trick already and can put on their own jackets!

There are so many types of fasteners to learn at this age- zippers, snaps, buttons, hooks, toggles, velcro and laces.

There are so many steps to remember just to fit together a zipper and pull it up.

Everyone is encouraged to try to fasten their own coat before the teacher helps. The teacher guides the child through the process, assisting without doing it for them. Our goal through the year is for your child to grow toward independence with their clothes.

Some children want to share their knowledge by helping zip the coats of their friends.

Every day we see more confidence and independence in our class.

Thank you for providing your child with appropriate outdoor clothes and shoes so they can be comfortable playing outdoors and enjoy themselves even on cold or drizzly days. 

Ask your child to show you “the flip” to put on a coat by themself.

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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