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Friendly Letter Writing

January 26, 2022 | Kate Streelman

Throughout the year, first graders have been working on a variety of writing projects.  We have written personal narratives, a class story about our Hudson Hike, as well as short pieces about our lives.  Our latest project is a friendly letter!  We began by reading some stories with letters in them to become familiar with the format.  Our morning message has also started being written as a letter!  In small groups, we wrote letters to the kindergarten and fifth grade to practice what we learned from the books.  Then we were ready to start our own.

We follow the writing process with each project.  First we do some brainstorming (those letters we wrote together), then we begin drafting:

We have also been working on using our resources as we draft.  Kayla and Michelle are looking at a “personal word wall” which each student has in their journals.  Franco has the word “favorite” taken down from the classroom word wall for his letter.

Weaver is writing about his transportation project and so he took out his transportation folder to spell “horse and carriage”.

Alex is getting ready for the next step of the writing process: meet with a teacher.  During this stage, students check their own work one more time and then they will sit down with a teacher to get help with spelling and fix any grammatical errors before they write their final draft.

After meeting with a teacher, they get a new piece of paper to write their final, focusing on making changes and writing neatly and carefully.  The last step for this project will be addressing and envelope and delivering it to the classmate they wrote 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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