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.