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Valentine’s Day

February 17, 2021 | Clara Buckley

We honor this day which celebrates St. Valentine and friendship in a very simple way. Many children made or decorated cards at home for their classmates. We set up our own mail delivery system in the classroom, with photos to help find the right recipient.

The children explored a new coloring medium, oil pastels. They produce bright colors but can be a little messy. You can use the point for coloring small areas, or the flat side for filling larger areas with color.

At the collage table children made an extra Valentine card. There was color paper, fancy scissors, heart-shaped hole punches, and stickers for decoration. Plenty of fine-motor work.

Most cards made today went home for Mom ♥

Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

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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