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June 14, 2023 | Kristen Jordan

As we near the end of our year, children have done new self-portrait drawings, an important part of our artistic and learning process at Mustard Seed.  Drawing yourself is probably the most special observational drawing you can do!  Children look carefully and closely at themselves as they draw, paying very careful attention as they try to include many details in their drawings.

“Look at my freckles! I have a lot here!”

“There are lines on my lips.”

“My hair has curls here.”

When completed, children reflect on the work they have done, and also view their drawings next to the self-portrait they did at the beginning of the school year.  It is a great way for them to consider how they have grown, changed and developed as artists and people, over the course of a few months.  They love admiring their own work, and their classmates’ work.

Children who have been here more than just this year have also had the opportunity to see how much they have grown since they began their preschool time here, a year or two ago.

Development takes place so rapidly during these preschool years that the changes and growth are often remarkable.  It is such a joyful gift for children to be able to see and reflect upon their own learning and growth.

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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