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Happy New Year!

January 5, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

We were all very happy to be back in one another’s company in the Rivers Classroom today!

It was very exciting to welcome a new friend, Brady, to our class. The children were warm and inviting with each other and played and worked together beautifully.  And it was helpful to all of the children to be reminded of our routines and schedule throughout our day after a nice long vacation!


Children engaged in familiar activities and some new activities today.  Children tried their hands at some new puzzles that were out in the classroom.

Ms Gluckow introduced children to blocks and they enjoyed thinking about how they might build with them.  They will continue to meet each of the blocks and work on construction with them.  We have a group that loves to build!

Children worked on slowly making circles  by tracing with chalk on a vertical surface, making sure to use their “helping hand” to hold the paper still.  Drawing on a vertical surface with “gritty” writing tools like chalk and construction paper (not smooth tools or paper), can help to build arm strength and fine motor strength.

And one more big activity that children worked on today was sorting and counting all of the baby food that came in.  It was lots of work but they did an amazing job of  separating each different type and they engaged in lots of great counting practice!

We are thrilled to be back together!

Kristen Jordan

Teacher, Rivers Class

Kristen Jordan began helping at Mustard Seed School in 2006, after her daughter had been a student in the preschool. She substituted for many years in all grades; in 2011, she returned to the classroom and has been a teacher in The Nest ever since.

Prior to the birth of her daughter Clara, in 2002, Ms. Jordan worked in Brooklyn as a first grade teacher with the New York City Public Schools. During this time, her school collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum, and this work helped Ms. Jordan develop a real interest in the parallels between the process of making art and the process of writing in the classroom. She thoroughly enjoys teaching both art and literacy to preschoolers.

Ms Jordan’s background includes work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. While at Teachers College, she trained with esteemed educator and author Lucy Calkins. Early in her teaching career, Ms. Jordan did not think that she wanted to teach very young children but her view has changed! She now really enjoys and takes great interest in young children and their development.

Ms. Jordan enjoys reading, working out, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her daughter and family. Although she has lived on the East Coast for a very long time, as a native of Oregon, she really loves the mountains!

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