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Reflections on Lent

March 31, 2021 | Clara Buckley

When prospective parents visit Mustard Seed School, they often ask, “How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?” I try to paint a picture of how our Christian faith is woven through all our activities, beyond our communal worship time, praying, and singing Christian songs.

During this season of Lent, the stories of Jesus are woven through our daily activities. The children see these connections. When we read a book at the end of the day that tells part of the Easter story, children cry out, “That’s what we saw in worship today!” and “I was an angel!”

By entering into the story of Jesus’ life in so many different ways, the children become immersed and come to a new, deeper understanding.

We had the opportunity to help tell the worship story for the whole preschool. Each child took their role very seriously, whether a guard, friend of Jesus, or angel. Using their bodies to tell the story puts the children inside the action.

Each day in worship throughout Lent, the whole preschool has made a drawing of the worship story. Today the children bound all these drawings into their Lenten Journals.

The children were delighted.

“This is my own book that I made?!”

“Your book looks beautiful.”

“I get to take it home?!”

We hope you will take time to read through the book with your child.

Thank you for returning your Lenten Cans. It was wonderful to hear the different ways your children earned money for their cans.

We look forward to sending all the money raised from our Lenten collection to World Central Kitchen to help people with food insecurity due to the pandemic.

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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