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Expressing Creativity in the Studio

October 6, 2021 | Kate Streelman

There have been so many exciting things happening in first grade during the first month.  We have learned a lot in math, started handwriting practice, and even done some reading!  Another exciting thing that has opened up is the Studio.

During our morning work periods, first graders can plan in the classroom, but they can also plan in the Studio.  There are 3 places available to the first graders so far: paint, drama, and light table.  Take a minute to look at what we’ve done so far (you might even see some artwork come home soon!)

Drama has been filled with some amazing structures and wonderful ideas like a shop, a hotel, and the 3 Billy Goats bridge!

We also opened the light table with some magnatiles and some letter tiles!  We built our names, made the alphabet, and created shapes and designs.

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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