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Hello Spring!

April 14, 2021 | Kristen Jordan

Spring is here!  As the temperatures get a bit warmer and the flowers are starting to bloom, in the Trees Class, we have been thinking about the arrival of spring.  The children have noticed birds in the park, flowers sprouting up, and trees blossoming.  This week, when we went to the park, we looked at the newly seeded lawn to see if the seeds were sprouting yet.

The children are considering what might help things to grow.  We will continue observing to see what happens with the grass seeds! 

Children have also been thinking a little about what they enjoy about the spring.  Here are just a few of their reflections:

“Every year, when spring comes, the flowers that are always pink come down because of the wind and fall when I run under them.”  

“I enjoy seeing and smelling the flowers.”  

“I like playing with cars outside because it is so nice.”  

“I like the cherry blossoms blowing in my hair.” 

“When it is springtime, it is raining everywhere and it got puddles everywhere.”

Puddles, ah yes, puddles!  This is a group that just LOVES the mud!  They mix and stir and squish and drop rocks and spend so much time playing with the mud! 

“It’s smoke!” remarked one child as the dirt was swirling and mixing in with the water.

One part of our daily snack-time prayer even included a nod to mud: “Thank you for making mud soup!”  

One of the most exciting spring discoveries at the park on Tuesday was worms.  Children spent so much time looking at and thinking about these creatures and wondering about how they were moving or why they were being still.  These are great observations! 

As children are noticing many changes in the world around them, they are also thinking about changes in themselves as they grow:   

“I used to be scared to go to birthday parties, and now I’m not anymore.”  

“I didn’t think I liked veggie crackers but I tried them and I liked them!” 

“I can do all the monkey bars now!”  

“I can climb almost to the top at the playground now!”

These observations may seem small or insignificant to us as adults but considering how you are progressing, and how the world around you is growing and changing can help children to better understand their place in the world and in God’s plan!  

Kristen Jordan

Teacher, Trees 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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