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We Celebrate Our City!

May 3, 2023 | Kristen Jordan

Celebrating children’s learning and honoring their experiences are very important to what we do at Mustard Seed.  Our exploration of people in the city who help us has culminated with a few very exciting days.

The visit to the firehouse on Friday was extraordinary. The children learned and saw so much, including being able to get up into the fire engine and see the inside!

Additionally, the firefighters were out on a call when we arrived so we watched them drive the “rigs” back into the firehouse. Then, in the middle of our visit, they received another call and had to go out again!  Later, they returned to finish showing and teaching the children about all that they do.  It was a very exciting day!

The children have also continued their exploration of helpful workers in our city in the drama area with the construction of an ambulance. They have worked diligently as EMTs and paramedics, caring for patients.

We have also discussed that doctors are people who help take care of others so on Monday, we walked past the hospital, saw an ambulance departing and then had a special guest visitor: Mrs Jordan’s father, who is a family doctor.  He talked with the children about how doctors help people, showed them some of the things he uses in his job (and borrowed one of the lab coats the children use in drama!) Then children had the chance to listen to their own hearts beating with his stethoscope.

Today, we celebrated the end of our study by reflecting on the block city that children built, remembering how children built safe, strong and beautiful buildings, solved problems as they constructed and added important details like signs and vehicles, stained glass and fire escapes.  Children pointed out the parts of the block city that each of them had designed.

We also remembered many of the people we learned about who help so much in our city.  Some of the children dressed in costumes to help us remember and we cheered for the city helper that they represented.

It was a a great ending to joyfully to celebrate our work and learning!  In the words of two of the preschoolers: “I love celebrations!  I love this day!”

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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