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Turning the Page

October 7, 2020 | Clara Buckley

The Rivers Class really enjoys their independent reading time after snack. Each child chooses a book from our classroom library. We sit on the rug together and look through our books. 

At the start of the year the teachers stocked our classroom library with familiar themes: cars, princesses, animals, trains, and familiar characters such as the hungry caterpillar, Llama Llama, or Maisy Mouse. At the end of each morning the teacher reads a book, like Gossie and Gertie, and those books join our class library.

This is a time to learn, and practice, how to choose a book, turn the pages carefully, read the pictures, and put away the book when finished. Even when a child cannot read the words, they can use the pictures to remember familiar storylines or guess at new stories.

Sometimes the library content reflects our worship theme. This week we added books about fish and animals as we hear Creation stories. We read The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Going on a Bear Hunt in Drama and those can now be found in the library.

We love to share our discoveries with our friends!

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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