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Blast Off to the Space Study!

March 16, 2022 | Kate Streelman

The first grade has left the atmosphere!  The study of space has begun with a study of the solar system.  First graders began their study by researching the Sun, the center of our solar system.

Researching involves watching videos, reading books, and hearing from each other about what they have learned!  Then they can choose one (or two or three) facts to write on their book page.  Students have steadily moved through the solar system, from the Sun, to Mercury, Venus, Earth, and all the way to Neptune!

Ask your child about what they have learned so far!  They may have some facts that will surprise you.

For example, do you know how hot the Sun is?  What planet is the biggest?  Which planet has the fastest winds?  What is the Great Red Spot?

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, Fourth Grade

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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