Unplanned guest occupies kindergarten: Lady Liberty Part 1

(Editor’s note: This is the first blog of a two-part series. The second blog, Reflections on learning from an unplanned guest can be found here.) Kindergarten teacher Leonor Silva had no idea what was going to happen. She didn’t have a lesson plan. Intentionally. But she had a professional goal: to develop the blocks area into a […]

How do you teach students to be designers from the very first days of school?

Who’s a designer? As early as preschool, children can learn to be designers. Design is an application of creativity and critical, higher-level thinking. Designers are innovators and agents of change. At Mustard Seed School, teachers value creativity and the design process. They build these concepts into the curriculum. The Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and […]

25+ summer activities for you and your preschool student

Congratulations on making it to the last weeks of school! You may already be looking at your preschool student and thinking, “What are we going to do with some of our time together?” There are many fun ways that you can build upon learning that has happened during the school year.  Here are a few […]

Your preschool student: how to keep learning during the summer

Editor’s note: This is a re-post from June 2014.  We thought that it was worth sharing again! Congratulations on making it to the last week of school! You may already be looking at your preschool student and thinking, “What are we going to do with some of our time together?” There are many fun ways […]

Do today’s students ACTUALLY need fine motor skills?

A parent recently asked me about fine motor skills.  Are they really important in a digital age? Won’t everyone just be using computers and the like? Good question. My answer? An unequivocal yes! They are important! Here are three of the reasons that came to me right away. Fine motor skills develop the brain. When […]

Early childhood: observational drawing as a science tool

If you stopped by the Liberty Science Center on October 27, you could have visited MSS teachers Emily Sytsma (Lead Preschool Teacher) and Clara Buckley (Lead Preschool Teacher, Upper School Art). They participated in a poster session at the New Jersey Association of Independent School (NJAIS) conference. Their presentation was called Drawing on Science: Observational Drawing […]

New MSS video goes live on the website

Last spring we charged filmmaker Ed Holt with the task of capturing Mustard Seed in a three to four minute video.  No small task!  Ed was up to the challenge. After hours and hours of work, he created this: The filming took place over the course of a couple of months. Ed popped in and […]

Parenting preschool students: How can you inspire learning over the summer?

Congratulations on making it to the last week of school! You may already be looking at your preschool student and thinking, “What are we going to do with some of our time together?” There are many fun ways that you can build upon learning that has happened during the school year.  Here are a few […]

The Knight in the Hallway–Positively Medieval

There is a knight in the hallway. He really is hard to miss. He greets the preschool students as they arrive in the morning.  In The Nest, we are currently involved in a medieval study.  In true Reggio style, we have a multifaceted approach.  The knight is a provocation, a way to invite curiosity and […]