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Setting Sail in the Moon Class

September 30, 2020 | Kate Streelman

Our study of Vikings begins with a study of ships!  The first chapter of our read aloud, Erik the Viking, describes a traditional Viking ship.  The students try to draw a Viking ship by just hearing that chapter, never seeing anything!  It’s quite a challenge.  Then we research ships!  We look at all the pieces of them: mast, figurehead, shields, oars, sail, and more and work on another drawing draft.


Riley and Jackson work on their figureheads, fierce monsters!                   Lola works on her sail.

          Cameron adds details to the figurehead.


Henry adds ropes.                                Pietro works on his shields.                    Dominick adds a mast.

Soon, we will draw a final draft and add it to our classroom timeline.

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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