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Springtime Observations

May 5, 2021 | Felicity Greene

As the days continue to get warmer and the children spend more time outdoors, there have been so many observations made about how the environment has changed. Grass growing in the fields, trees blooming with flowers, and birds bathing in puddles, are just a few of the signs of spring that the children have noticed during our time outside.



The children have always been enthused with the idea of bringing nature indoors, especially in terms of sticks and rocks.  In the fall, the class collected leaves of all different varieties and colors.  The leaves were examined, and the children used them to make rubbings with crayons.  Those wonderful creations decorated the tree that lives in the classroom. Now that we are in the midst of a season filled with so much newness and beauty, it was decided that we should once again decorate the tree with some beautiful springtime leaves.

This week, the children worked together to compile a collection of leaves from Church Square Park. They used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the leaves and made note of what details they saw.

“It’s green.  There are no curves, there are lines.”

After all of this work, the children spent time doing observational drawings of the leaves that they worked together to collect. Finally, they will add color and cut the leaves out, preparing them to adorn our classroom tree.  Check back next week to see how the tree in the Sky classroom blossoms!

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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