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Creating and Innovating in Work Periods

October 14, 2020 | Kate Streelman

“What would you like to choose for this week?”  Every Monday, first graders plan out their weekly work period choices.  They can choose to do puzzles or blocks.  They can do drawing and writing or work with math materials.  Each week, they also get a turn at the easel to work on a painting.  We’ve been working on painting Viking ships after finding out how to make the color brown out of red, blue, and yellow paint.

This week in the Moon class, Henry and Riley worked on incredible block structures.  Lola and Naomi did drawing and writing.  Cameron built with connecting cubes.  Dominick and Jackson went to paint and worked on their Viking ships and Pietro did mystery building!

Flip through the slideshow to see what first graders have been up to!


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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