It’s a Brand New Year!
January 20, 2021 | Kristen Jordan
The children are so excited to be back in school (and so are the teachers!). Beginning the new year together has come with some familiar activities and experiences, as well as some brand new things!
Take a look at some of the work and play we have been busy with since we have been back together!
We have said goodbye to a good friend.
And welcomed a new friend.
The children have really enjoyed their time at the park!
They have been working with clay.
And painting with new, fancy paint colors.
Some counting has been going on.
Children have been busy building.
And working on developing fine motor strength (and persistence!) using every day objects: nuts and bolts!
They are really enjoying working together at “The Cabinet” to develop dramatic play using the new figures given to the Trees Class on Epiphany by the Three Wise Men.
Children have created designs at the light table using lines and curves.
And building, meeting, and drawing Mat Man! (You’ll hear more about him later!).
As you can see, it has been a very, very busy few days!
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!