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A Study of George Washington Carver

February 3, 2021 | Kristen Jordan

We began Black History Month in our classroom today by launching what will be a quick study of George Washington Carver.  One of the children announced that we were having a “Celebration of George Washington Carver!”  It did feel joyful and fun in our classroom today! 

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at a few African Americans who have made very important and interesting contributions to our country in a variety of fields. 

George Washington Carver is a great person to begin with!  To immerse the children in thinking about him, our classroom has been transformed into a beautiful world of plants!   We learned some facts about his life and discussed some of his contributions today.  We will continue to do so for the rest of the week.  

He grew up to be a scientist (a botanist), inventor, teacher and artist.  He believed that the great ideas he came up with were gifts from God and he shared them readily to make the world a better place. 

And children tried their hand at exploring to see what they might notice about the plants in our classroom, just like George Washington Carver.

The Trees children are also working to create beautiful observational paintings and drawings of plants, just like George Washington Carver.  They are working on habits and skills while they learn about an extraordinary individual! 

We are learning so many interesting things about George Washington Carver as the children also feel the energy, excitement, and newness of our space!

Kristen Jordan

Teacher, Rivers Class

Kristen Jordan began helping at Mustard Seed School in 2006, after her daughter had been a student in the preschool. She substituted for many years in all grades; in 2011, she returned to the classroom and has been a teacher in The Nest ever since.

Prior to the birth of her daughter Clara, in 2002, Ms. Jordan worked in Brooklyn as a first grade teacher with the New York City Public Schools. During this time, her school collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum, and this work helped Ms. Jordan develop a real interest in the parallels between the process of making art and the process of writing in the classroom. She thoroughly enjoys teaching both art and literacy to preschoolers.

Ms Jordan’s background includes work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. While at Teachers College, she trained with esteemed educator and author Lucy Calkins. Early in her teaching career, Ms. Jordan did not think that she wanted to teach very young children but her view has changed! She now really enjoys and takes great interest in young children and their development.

Ms. Jordan enjoys reading, working out, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her daughter and family. Although she has lived on the East Coast for a very long time, as a native of Oregon, she really loves the mountains!

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