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Green and Growing

May 25, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Day 1 Plant seeds

Day 3 Nothing seems to have happened. We wonder, “What do seeds need to grow?”

Dirt (soil), we have that. 

Water, which we provide from our spray bottle.

And… what else?

We asked Ms Gautier in the office for her advice. She told us plants need sunshine or light to grow. We didn’t have enough light. Mr Johnson solved our problem with a grow light!

It was as if the seeds had been waiting and by the end of the morning the seeds began to sprout.

Day 5 What a surprise when we came in the classroom. We saw green!

We took turns watering the plants and, with dwindling but persistent hope, added water to the shell pot.

We observed the seedlings, noticing the color of the stem and how the stem splits into two at the top. Each stem has two green leaves which we added to our drawing.

Day 8 So much green! Two pots are full of green, one is not. We asked Ms Jordan, the Trees Class teacher, if she could tell us how shells grow. The Trees Class has a snail they are observing so they are becoming shell experts. Ms Jordan told us that when snails hatch from their egg, they have their own tiny shell that grows with them. She said this is why the shells we planted have not grown – they need to be part of an animal to grow.

We observed the pot of kale and arugula seedlings. We noticed some seedlings were tall and some short, and recorded our observations.

Since the seedlings are well established we decided the time was right to begin the HARVEST. Everyone was willing to try this new food and, overall, the reviews were favorable.

Rodrigo: It tastes like french fries, like salad, like ketchup.

Tommy: It tastes so good.

Maddox: It tastes like salad.

Rebekah: It tastes yuck.

Charlie: It tastes yummy.

John: It tastes goodybags.

Lena: It tastes like salad.

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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