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Beginning Explorations

September 15, 2021 | Kate Streelman

First grade is all about exploring and taking risks!  The first days of school are full of both.  We explore many new materials, places, and rules.  We take risks in new activities, making new friends, and playing new games.  Check out the pictures below to see what we’ve been doing so far!

We spent some time drawing our summer vacations.  We also did some line drawings of plants in the classroom.  Ask your child about their first art class with Mr. Johnson!

We started math!  We worked in our workbooks.  We also explored different materials like pattern blocks, power polygons, and Geoblocks.

We also had our first indoor park (and many outdoor parks, too!).


There’s so much more to share and we continue to do more each day, so check back on the blog each week to see a new update!

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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