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So Busy!

May 12, 2021 | Kristen Jordan

The Trees Children are so busy! This week’s blog is filled with a smattering of some of the many things that are going on in our world right now.  

As mentioned in the newsletter, children have been role playing at having good conversations and practicing their conversation skills.

Children are also playing games and building puzzles.

In Math, children are counting and telling number stories using glass beads.  “There were 7 snails.  Two of them ate snack together.  The others played.  How many snails played together.” 

Children are also exploring with patterns and designs (and working on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination) while using peg boards. 

In literacy, children are composing detailed pictures and some have been trying their hand at adding words using the sounds they hear (“invented spelling”). 

Each day, we have a time when children spend time looking at books. They delight in looking quietly at books on their own and also find joy and fun in sharing their observations with friends.

Children have been introduced to all of the Hollow Blocks. They have been building some amazing structures that have turned into spontaneous dramatic play such as an ice cream shop!  And they are learning how to work safely and cooperatively as they build and put away the blocks.  

There is also a great deal of learning about snails happening in our classroom.  Children continue to enthusiastically observe our snail.  They have been asking many questions about snails.  We have read several books to try to answer the questions, and learn more about snails.  Children have created clay snails and painted snail slime!

One of the most exciting things to happen has been that our snail now has a name!  Everyone had the opportunity to suggest names for the snail and then we held a democratic primary, where each child chose his or her top 3 choices for snail names, which narrowed the field to 4 finalists.  In the final vote, the snail name that was chosen was….SLIVERS!  Each day, Slivers still provides fun and fascination with it’s movements and constant activity. 

Whew!  Told you we were busy!

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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