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A Day With the Rivers Class…

November 4, 2020 | Nathan Johnson

We are busy here in the Rivers Class.

Ever look at the clock and wonder what your child is doing at school?

Ever ask your child about school and there is not much that they can remember or want to talk about?

Ever wish you could visit and spend the morning with us? 


Here is a breakdown of what we do and when we do it…

8:20 — Arrival

8:30 Hang up coat, bag, and wash hands

8:40 — Morning Games

8:45 — Worship

9:00 — Bathroom &  Gross Motor Play

in the field or the gym, weather depending

9:40 — Bathroom & Snack

10:05 Self-guided Reading Time
Followed by Rhymes & Chants (not pictured)


10:15 — Rymes & Chants,

and Our Planning Meeting

The activities for the day are introduced.

Each day, a new skill, idea, or activity is taught with time for questions and discussion

10:20 — 11:15 Activity Time

The children visit at least three activities, two of them teacher-led, the other independent. If they finish any of these activities early, they are free to work and play at additional activities…

The Teacher-led activities are typically one of the following: Painting, Collage, Drama, Literacy, Math, or Blocks

The independent activities are typically one of the following: Puzzles, Light Table, Discovery Table, Story Basket, Cars, Books. 

Each Activity has a spot for two or three children. 



11: 15 — Pack up & Zip up

11:20 —

Story, Reflection, Discussion & Prayer


It’s been a long day!

Your child will love to look at this and hear the story of their day.

Perhaps it will help your child remember more about their day!

We so wish you could really come to spend the day, so thank you for visiting with us through this blog…




Nathan Johnson

Early Childhood & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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