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October 28, 2020 | Melia McHugh

When we started the Immigration unit, second graders thought about the word “Immigration” and what it means. We learned that it means when people move from one place to another. We then thought about reasons why someone would leave their country and move to a new country.

Some of the reasons that students came up with include: war, fires, lack of food, as well as school, a job, and family.

The classes were lucky enough to have “Immigration Experts” Zoom into our classes and share their immigration stories with us. Even Ms. Lowe’s mother called in!


The students asked the experts many important questions like: “Why did you come?”, “Where did you settle?”, “What did you bring with you, and what did you leave behind?”, “When and how did you travel?”,”What were opportunities that you experienced?”, “What was a challenge for you?” The teachers and students recorded the information that each expert shared. We were able to compare and contrast the experiences of our experts and recorded this on Venn diagrams.

We also read several books, telling about immigration experiences, from different time periods and different countries. The classes really enjoyed this Social Studies unit! Ask your child if they can answer any of the “Who”, “What”, “When”, “Where”, “Why”, and “How” questions that we answered; you may learn something new!



Melia McHugh

Teacher, Grade 2 Forests Class

Melia McHugh first started working with young children at a private school that cared for children from infancy through third grade while in her early teens. She enjoyed her experience working with all age groups, especially her time during college when she taught arts and crafts to kindergarten through third grade students during the summer camp season. After completing a degree in Anthropology and working as a trainer in the Human Resources industry, Ms. McHugh returned to her first passion and got a degree to teach and work with children again. After seven years of teaching high school social studies, Ms. McHugh decided to stay home with her two children.

Ms. McHugh and her husband discovered Mustard Seed School when it was time for their oldest son to enter kindergarten. Soon after he started school, she started to substitute teach at Mustard Seed and later worked part-time in the Nest and as a maternity leave replacement in grades four and five. Ms. McHugh enjoys watching every child, including two of her sons, thrive in the community and environment that Mustard Seed excels at providing for each and every student. When not at work, Ms. McHugh enjoys spending time at the beach or outdoors with her husband and three sons. Ms. McHugh also loves history, reading, and resting.

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