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Participating Fully

October 14, 2020 | Ms. Jonker

I really appreciate the way this cohort participates enthusiastically throughout the school day. Not only do the students participate fully, but they help brainstorm ways to make participating more fun. Here are some ways I’ve seen this recently.

Responsive Reading for Worship

We always begin worship with a responsive reading. The students let me know how much they enjoy leading this time, so now a different student takes the leader role each day as we begin worship reading God’s word together. It’s so good to hear each student’s voice.


On-campus students have been really enjoying trivia at snack time. Like many fun games we’ve been enjoying this year, trivia was a student-initiated activity and we are loving it!

Small Groups

Many students have been vocal about their enjoyment of small groups. We have small groups for reading and math. Soon we will also tackle writing skills during small groups. One student remarked that attending small group feels like attending a very important and official meeting (which is, of course, true!)

STEAM presentations

We have started our very first STEAM presentations about topics we are interested in and about ourselves! This is an opportunity for us to all get on zoom together and listen in about one another’s interests. The students have been willing presenters and respectful listeners. Students have been creatively composing their slideshows and safely helping one another troubleshoot as they learn how to use Google Slides.

These are just a few ways students have been participating recently. Enjoy some pictures below of recent happenings in the Adventurous cohort.

Pointing at Nicholas for a birthday photo (I think we did pretty well!)

Just-for-fun, post-worship selfie

Snack Time Trivia Led by Luca!

We love trivia.


Kat Jonker

Teacher, Grades 4

Kat Jonker is energized by how passionately Mustard Seed School nurtures each student to blossom into the person God has made them to be. She’s honored to teach and learn beside the fourth and fifth grade students here.

Ms. Jonker’s always been surrounded and inspired by dedicated teachers--including her mother! When she began teaching private violin lessons as a high school student, Ms. Jonker began to think about teaching as a career. Soon she realized her passion for teaching and learning as an Elementary Education with an integrated science major at Calvin College. There she flourished as an assistant teacher at Calvin’s middle school chemistry camp. She also led elementary nature programs at Calvin’s ecosystem preserve.

Music remains one of Ms. Jonkers passions and you’ll sometimes get to hear her playing in worship. She’s an avid violin player and spent a disproportionately large amount of her college life in string quartet rehearsals. She listens to music constantly and likes to keep it eclectic, so if you have any music recommendations, send them her way.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is Ms. Jonker’s home town. Through God-gifted communities of faith there, she found her roots in grace and a life of service.

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