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What Could It Be?

October 23, 2020 | Kristen Jordan

The children have been so interested in many things in the park and have made many discoveries.  One day last week they noticed a tree with many small holes in it.

They have been observing, thinking, asking questions, and developing theories about what might have made the holes.  They have many ideas and there is much excitement!  They even shared their ideas with Mr. Postema when we came in from the park on the day they discovered the holes.

One day a few children asked if they could draw what they saw.   This idea caught on so each child was given a journal and we all made a second trip to the park to draw the tree and see what more the children might notice.

They are working to try to figure out how to get answers to their questions and solve the mystery of what made the holes.  It has been an exciting journey so far!

We will continue working to see what we figure out!

And if you want to take a look at a few other photos from our adventures, the Trees Class was featured on the Mustard Seed Instagram Page and  Facebook Page on Tuesday!

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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