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Trees Class Fall Walking Trip

December 7, 2022 | Emily Ford Sytsma

Last Friday we had such a wonderful trip to Stevens Park where we got to use all of our senses, noticing the details of the world around us. Parent volunteers helped the children record all of the things they could hear, see, touch, and smell.

We enjoyed a picnic snack!

We used our gross motor skills at a new playground.

It was a beautiful day full of so many things to explore.

On the way home, we even stopped to smell the wood of the newly built municipal compost bins.

Emily Ford Sytsma

Early Childhood Director

Ms. Sytsma began her career as an educator working in inclusive classrooms in the state of Hawaii but found her roots began to grow here at Mustard Seed School when she came to teach in 1996. She joined the preschool team in 2007, after teaching for many years in the Middle School. She finds delight in the preschool’s approach to teaching and learning, inspired by the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As Early Childhood Director, she seeks to support teachers in their work helping children learn about thinking and creative expression.

Ms. Sytsma’s the mother of a MSS alum and a current student. When not at school, Ms. Sytsma enjoys traveling with her husband and two children. She tends a very simple rooftop garden in Jersey City Heights and on long Saturday mornings, she may be seen taking long walks along the Hudson River and listening to audiobooks or podcasts while organizing her thoughts and getting her heart rate up.

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