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We Have Ants!

May 19, 2021 | Felicity Greene

Do not be alarmed by the title of this blog…the ants are supposed to be here!  The Sky Class has a new pet of sorts, an ant farm filled with 30 worker ants. During the closing meeting on Monday, the children were introduced to the ants and were thrilled to welcome them to their new home in the Sky Class!

After their home was assembled, the children asked questions that they had about the ants and their habitat.

What do they eat?

Will they have babies?

Why do they put the sand in their mouth?

Is there a queen ant?

 

Next, the class discussed what the ants would need.

They need food!

They need water.

The ants need dirt to make tunnels!

They need fresh air too!

While the ants were prepared to join the farm, the children observed the special sand that would fill it.

It’s squishy!

If I rub it between my fingers it sticks together.

It doesn’t feel quite like sand to me.

It’s so soft.

Soon, the ants were ready to be placed in their sand-filled environment. The ants were removed from their travel case and began to adjust to their new home.

Almost immediately we could see the ants getting to work! They began by exploring and soon were grabbing pieces of sand with their mouths to make new pathways.  Throughout the last two days, the children have watched with great interest as the ants dig tunnels through the sand.

“Look, the ants have started to build tunnels over here! They didn’t get to the other side yet.”

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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