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February 23, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Perseverance, not just the name of NASA’s latest Mars Rover. Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

What a glorious feeling when you accomplish a task that was a challenge or required you to stick with it.

We introduced peg boards to the class. 100 holes to be filled with 100 pegs. Dexterity practice for small fingers.

Students created different strategies and learned from each other – using pegs of all one color, working line by line, making a square around the edge and filling it in, offering to help, cheering each other on, “Almost done! Two more pegs!”

We see the children showing more perseverance in other areas at school; putting on outdoor gear, opening snacks, completing jigsaws, opening caps on glue sticks and markers, picking up heavy pieces of ice, closing lunch boxes.

Clara Buckley

Preschool Art Specialist; 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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