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Have You Checked Your Mailbox Today?

February 16, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

You may have seen many messages in your child’s backpack in the past few days.  It has been a very popular place since we opened messages in the classroom last week.  Children have been very excited to both create and receive notes in their mailboxes.  So much so that children began to put a scratch or two on a paper and quickly run it over to drop it in someone’s box, and then run back to make another one!  So, we slowed it down, talked about what kind of gift looked like it was made with love and care and which kind of note looked rushed and without thought.  Since then, children have become more thoughtful in creating messages. They think about which colors their friends like, have been drawing pictures with care, pretending to write words to one another, and folding their notes with intention.  Slowing down and being thoughtful about what you do is an admirable lifelong habit!

Making Valentines for families and friends has been a fun part of this process as well.  It is all happening with incredible joy!

 

 

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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