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More and More Growth!

May 11, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

Thoughts of growing and changing continue in the Rivers Class.  Our discussions around what is living and nonliving have continued. Children helped to sort some of our plants into “living” and “nonliving” categories.  The pieces of plants that have come in from the park have shriveled up, which provided a great way to talk about how these things used to be part of a living thing but they are no longer alive.  

The children agreed that we should return the dead plants, along with all of the other dried up leaves and sticks we have accumulated, to the park “to return them to nature.”  We’ve read about how these old plants help to make nutritious soil. 

The seeds we have been observing in the classroom were also not living YET, and came from a living thing.  The children know all of the important things that plants need: soil, water, and light.  So we set out to help the seeds grow into something living.  Teachers provided containers for planting and a “grow light”.

Then, children helped to put soil into the containers,

added water,

(some children were excited to play a bit in the mud they had made!),

and finally it was time to plant the seeds! 

They planted two different types of seeds: micro-greens (a mixture of different types) and wheat grass.  There were a few wheat grass seeds left so we took them to the park and children planted them in a “barren” area of the park.  Maybe some will grow!

We began observing and keeping track each day to see when the seeds would grow.

The children thought that the 7 to 21 days that the micro-greens package stated for germination time was a really long time.  But amazingly, they began to emerge on the 3rd day.  Over the weekend, they grew like crazy and we were greeted on Monday morning with a garden of sprouts!  

Children have been observing them carefully, drawing what they see and noticing the tiniest details of these tiny sprouts.   They have noticed the shapes of the leaves, how tall or small the plants are, the different colors, and more. “Oh, look at that tiny one!  It is so cute!”

Today, the children were offered the chance to taste the sprouts, with a little olive oil and salt, if desired. Some children were uncertain but tried the spouts anyway and found that they really enjoyed them. 

“They taste like honey!” 

“I only like the sticks.”  

We are still waiting on the wheat grass seeds but will continue to observe like scientists (or like curious preschoolers) to see what happens!  

Kristen Jordan

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!

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