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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!