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And God Said…

October 21, 2020 | Kristen Jordan

And on the 6th day God said, “Let there be people.” 

People of every kind.

As we heard the story of God’s creation unfold, the children made beautiful collages of each part of creation. 

Light, Sky and Seas, Land and Plants, Sun, Moon & Stars, Birds & Fish, Animals & People.

The children’s creations are so detailed and demonstrate not only how they are using materials and tools, but also reflect their personality in many ways.  

As we came to the end of the story of creation last week and heard about God creating animals on the 6th day, children each chose an animal to make.  They thought about the characteristics that made that animal unique and they used books to research and look carefully at the animal to help them design it in collage.  

And then we heard about how God created each of us to be our own special self!  

We have been reading books and talking about ways in which we are similar: We all laugh and cry and get hurt and bleed (just a few…). And we have discussed how we are each different and unique: size, eye color, hair, and skin (also, just a few…).

During a conversation about our skin colors, one child shared with us how the palm and the back of our hands can be different colors from each other.  So we all looked at our hands and discovered so many different shades and hues!

Everyone was very excited to look carefully and see how we each have our own unique skin colors!

After that, each child was given a stack of many different colors of paper.  They examined the paper carefully to try to see which color was the closest in hue to their skin color. 

Sometimes it was tricky and surprising!

Then each child began the task of making a collage of themselves.  They thought about the parts of the body that would need to be included and they worked hard at carefully composing an image of themselves!

All of this work requires patience and stamina as children work with small pieces of paper, glue and scissors.  They are building other skills as well as they learn to be intentional and thoughtful when they compose a piece and put it together.  And the outcome helps us to see that though we have many things that are the same, each child is also a unique individual.

And on the 7th day,

The Children admired their work just as God admired all of creation!

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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