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Number Stories

June 9, 2021 | Felicity Greene

The children of the Sky Class are writing number stories!

This is a process that the children have been involved in for some time now.  It all started with time spent examining books that were centered around numbers and counting. The children made observations about the patterns they saw in the book.

The numbers are getting smaller!

The story started with a small number and at the end it was a big number.

Some went away, and then more came back!

These observations were key in helping the children retell the story with manipulatives such as beads and stones.  Seeing a concrete object diminish or get larger helps the children to think about how there are trends in number stories.

Next, children thought about topics for the stories that they would write.  Some chose to write about people, others, animals and insects. This week, the children began to illustrate their stories, which will help them remember the trajectory of the numbers that they will write about.

“Once there was an owner with two cats. Another owner came with another two cats!”

“There was a girl and she had a twin and a baby brother. They were looking for two friends. They found them and now there are five children!”

“There were ten bugs. Two flew away, now there are eight.”

Come back next week to see what will come next in the number story project!

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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