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Trees Class Day

June 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan

A day in the life …
At our Welcome Back Night, you received a schedule of a typical day in the Sky and Trees Class. But despite this stellar orientation, do you ever find yourself wondering…
What exactly is my child doing at school all day?

Let’s start with the morning…

8:10 Doors Open

8:30 Worship

8:50 Bathroom

9:00 Park

9:40 Bathrooms again

9:50 Snack

10:00 Story

Music is once a week from 10-10:20 instead of Story and Rhymes & Chants. Later in the year, there is also Library once a week during this time.

10:10 Rhymes & Chants

10:20 Planning Meeting
(Activity introduction or group discussion)

10:25 Activity Time
There are two to four teacher-led activities.
Currently, these are collage, storytelling, and blocks.
We have already finished markers, books, glue, and scissors!

When children are not in a teacher activity, children work independently at stations around the room.11:20 Clean Up…
All half-day students come to Trees Class nest to finish their day.
All full-day students go to Sky Class nest to continue their day.11:30 Closing Meeting for Half-Day Students
(Full-day students go out to a second park time!)

11:45 Dismissal for Half-Day Students

Kristen Jordan

Teacher, Trees 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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