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Something You Made, Something God Made

April 21, 2021 | Clara Buckley

This week we opened the Sharing Basket. At the start of the morning we set aside a time for children to share something special from home with the class. We love to hear the children’s voices and are practicing our listening skills. We learned that we use our eyes to listen as well as our ears!

RJ: It’s two boats. I made them with my mum and dad.

RR: What’s inside?

RJ: A pocket. Boats have lots of pockets.

If your child would like to bring something to share with the class, we have a few loose guidelines, and the most important is that you may only bring things that “you” made or that God made. The “you” here is the child. The children often talk about ‘projects’ they are working on at home and those would be a good thing to share about.

CS: I made this fire with my brother and dad. The yellow is water and the red is fire. 

TW: Is it a campfire or a different type of fire?

CS: A different type.

At this age children love to collect special objects from nature: a really nice stick or feather. Maybe even a special find from the walk to school in the morning. We like to be able to celebrate beauty when we discuss a shared object. A child could share something gathered on a trip, like shells or pine cones.

TW: I found this stick in a baseball field and made a noise on the railings.

LR: How does it make a noise?

TW: The stick doesn’t make a noise but when I put it along the railings it does.

ML: It shoots things really far.

LR: How does it do that?

ML: There’s a wheel. (Demonstrates how it works)

If you are not sure if something is appropriate, please ask. For most children, once a week is a fine frequency for bringing an item to share. We will only have time to share a few items each day. This allows time for a child to share and take questions and comments from the class as the expert on their object.

RJ: I picked it from my parking lot. I’m going to return it to the bees.

ML: Bees like to fly.

CS: Did the bees try to eat the flowers?

RJ: No. They’re sticking their tongue licking on the inside.

JZ: Why do bees like honey? Pooh likes honey.

RJ: I don’t know. Bears like honey.

Sometimes the questions and comments lead us into deeper conversation. Today we read Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis as we imagined all the things the stick in the sharing basket could become.

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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