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Storytellers

September 30, 2020 | Felicity Greene

Throughout the day at school, the Sky Class children, hear, read, and tell many stories.

In the morning after worship, the Sky Class has their morning meeting.  The children read the pictures on the schedule that tell the story of what their day will be like, and read the morning message to learn about new activities they will try.  The children have even begun to find the letters in their names within the words in the message!

During activity time, a favorite place to be is the story telling basket.  The children often retell the worship story that was told earlier in the morning, but many times they allow their imaginations to run wild and spin their own tales.  Sometimes they feature a pirate jumping from a ship or a family about to leave on vacation…

Other times they are about wild animals in a jungle or a city made from blocks!

The children love to tell stories with their bodies!  In this story the children are sailors who must use their hands as binoculars to see out in the distance of the sea.

Here the children read a story.  But this is not a regular story-to read this story, you must read the pictures! Whatever the person in the picture does with their body, the children try to imitate with their own bodies!

During quiet time, the children are able to rest on their towels and read the stories that they have chosen for their book bags each week.  Some of the children like to share the stories that they are reading with their bears who are resting at their cubbies.

During the closing meeting at the end of the day, the Sky Class children always listen to a story.  This week, they have been hearing about the adventures of Big Bear and Little Bear.

All of these skills such as print motivation and awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and narrative skills are the building blocks to pre-literacy.  The teachers are so enjoying hearing and seeing the various ways that the Sky Class children have shared their stories so far and are looking forward to many more!

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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