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Reading The Day Away

March 17, 2021 | Kate Streelman

Whisper read.

What sound does this make?

Say it, write it, say it.

These are phrases that first graders are used to hearing in their reading groups.  They come each day and whisper read their book from the last group.  Then they work on sight words, reviewing old ones and learning new ones for the new book!  They also work on practicing common phonics sounds like vowel digraphs, consonant clusters, and others.  They also spend time writing words and sounds in their journals.

Lola’s group worked on the ways to write the sound “ow”, both “ou” and “ow”.  They also worked on double “oo” and came up with words that fit these groups.

Each group ends with a new book to practice during group and DEAR time!  First graders have been diving into each book, happily becoming stronger readers each day.

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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