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Journaling the Morning Away

December 16, 2020 | Kate Streelman

Journaling is good for the soul!  The first graders have been using writing journals since they returned from Thanksgiving.  Each morning, they gather their materials and sit down with a pencil and a journal.  Some write about past vacations; others write about injuries and the adventures that led to them.  Still others write about Christmas, their elves, and the fun they’ve been having at home.

There are many writing rules that everyone has been working hard to remember:

  • use finger spaces
  • start with a capital
  • end with a . ? or !
  • listen for the sound in words
  • proofread with a slash

So far, students have been writing two sentences each morning:

Dominick writes about playing football.

Henry writes about time with his nana.

Naomi writes about a Christmas movie she watched.

Jackson writes about Christmas!

After Christmas break, the first graders will continue writing these journal entries at home!

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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