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“Let there be light!”

September 22, 2021 | Kristen Jordan

This week during worship, we began hearing the story of God’s Creation.  “In the beginning…”

Children learned about God making light from the darkness.   

And then children worked on responding to worship through art, which is often how the Rivers students will express their learning this year.

Children practiced cutting skills as they cut “pieces of light”.

Children are working on holding and carrying their scissors safely with a “jacket”.

They are also practicing  keeping their thumb up and the blades pointing away from them while cutting.  It is lots of hard work!

Working with scissors is a great way to build hand strength, while also creating beauty.

After many pieces of light had been cut, children learned procedures for creating a collage of light.  They learned to open the glue stick, wind it up just a little bit, and put the glue onto the small piece of paper. 

Then, children must use their hands to place and press the piece onto the background.

We discussed covering the darkness with light and some children even tried layering the pieces in their designs.  It requires many steps and lots of concentration, but the results are beautiful!

Children also used some of the leftover pieces of light they had cut in our newly-introduced worship basket.  The basket will often contain the current worship story that is being told and children will have a chance to retell the stories they hear at worship. 

Children have also begun exploring making light with paint (more about that next week)!

We are even learning to make our hands like a flame as we pray at the end of worship and the end of our school day.

Children reflected on their beautiful collages and looked at the beautiful light from the candle that each preschool class was given to help remind us of God’s light in our lives. 

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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