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George Washington Carver

February 24, 2021 | Felicity Greene

As we enter in to the last week of Black History Month, the Sky Class began a study of a very important man: George Washington Carver! While most know Carver for his creation of many products that could be made from peanuts, it is important to know that he is also celebrated for his work as a teacher, an inventor and yes, a botanist.

On Monday, the children were introduced to George Washington Carver at morning meeting. During this time, the children learned about his life, work, and were even able to watch an actual video of the man himself!

Throughout the week, the children participated in activities inspired by Carver’s work as a botanist, including growing their own plant right here in the classroom.

Using a container, a cotton ball, a lentil, as well as some light and water, the children planted and observed the growth of their seeds. They kept observational journals to record the changes in the plant each day.

Each day, the children checked on their seeds, careful to not disturb them too much. They used magnifying glasses to take a closer look and observe any changes. After taking a few moments to note any differences in the seed, the children record in their observation journal by drawing a picture of what they notice.

The children are continuing to learn so many interesting and exciting things about the life and contributions of George Washington Carver. The teachers are looking forward to seeing the ways that the children will continue to be inspired by the work of this amazing man!

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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