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Welcome to the Castle

March 30, 2022 | Dorota Chester

In the preschool the children have been learning how to build structures.

One structure that is fun to build is a castle. The first part of the process is to draw both the inside and outside and the people who are in it. Children also used collage to represent the front of the castle and different ways to enter. The children did their research by looking in books and pictures. When they were looking inside the castle they focused on the throne room, bedroom, state room, and dining rooms. When they looked at the outside of the castle they focused on the towers, drawbridge, and walls.

The children were also able to hear from two guest speakers who have been in real castles in Europe!

Yet another way children experienced the castle was by building them with hollow blocks in Drama. They had fun dressing up as a royal family while playing and learning.

Dorota Chester

Assistant Teacher, Preschool Trees

Dorota Chester has been a member of the Mustard Seed School community for almost two decades, first as a parent and volunteer and then a staff member. Her love for education started when she was a child in Poland and participated in the national scout organization, in which she quickly gained a leadership position. After pursuing an education degree over 30 years ago, she taught children from first to third grades.

When she moved to the United States, Ms. Chester’s passion for teaching continued. She taught at a Polish supplementary school during the week and on Sundays taught religion classes at a local church. When her first son attended Mustard Seed, she saw the passion of the staff and joined them as a volunteer for the many years that her three sons were students. In 2011, the opportunity arose for her to become a full time first grade teacher at Mustard Seed and she jumped at the chance.

During her time off, Ms. Chester can be found at the beach, swimming, and biking. She enjoys sports and spent many years shuttling her boys to sports practices and games. She loves to cook, especially stuffed cabbage, pierogies, and cucumber soup.

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