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Learning to Read with Vowel Digraphs!

February 24, 2021 | Kate Streelman

First grade is an exciting time of learning and growth, especially in reading!  Students participate in small reading groups several times a week.  These groups focus on word solving strategies, particularly using phonics rules.  One group in the Moon class began focusing on vowel digraphs today.

Words like this have come up before and the students have been remembering that when you see 2 vowels together, you sometimes only hear the first one say its name.

Students were presented with a set of words to solve using this rule.  Eagerly jumping from the chairs, they called out the words, using the rule they had just learned, as well as consonant clusters they have practiced in the past, like -ch!


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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