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February 10, 2021 | Kate Streelman

First graders spend time in the Shared Space creating amazing paintings of what they are studying.  In the classroom, they make labels for these paintings to let viewers know more about the work of art.  Even in writing a label notecard, students follow the writing process.

First they brainstorm ideas.  Sometimes this is just thinking of words everyone will need to use like “made”, “has”, “painted”, and more.

Second, they write their first draft.  The assignment is to write three sentences about their painting.

Third, they check their own work and circle words they want help with.

Fourth, they get a teacher check and help with words

Fifth and finally, they write the final draft and put it on the wall with their painting!


The Moon class has been working through the steps as they look at their vehicle paintings.  They share details about how they painted it, the important details in, and what kind of vehicle it is!

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

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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