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How We Spell in First Grade!

April 21, 2021 | Kate Streelman

This week, first graders in the Sun and Moon classes started spelling!  Every day, a new activity is done to learn how to be better spellers.

Monday: New Word Day

The first day of the week, we learn a spelling rule or about a spelling family!  This week, the first grade looked at words with -aw, -ew, and -ow.  They sorted words (on Seesaw or on paper).

Then they chose 3 words from this activity and 3 words from their own personal lists to practice throughout the week:

Tuesday: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check

Tuesday’s activity is exactly what the name says!  First, you look at your word.  Then, you say it.  Next, you cover it up.  Finally, you try to write it without looking and then check to see if you got it right!  You do each word 3 times so if you make a mistake, you can try again.

Wednesday: Build, Mix, Fix

Another straightforward activity!  At home, students use magnet letters, bananagram tiles, or cut-out letters to build their word, mix it up, and fix it back again.  Their goal is to do each word 3 times!

Coming soon! What do Thursday and Friday spelling activities look like?



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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