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Look What I Can Do All By Myself!

September 18, 2020 | Nathan Johnson

There is so much to learn at school… But there are so many things the children are already doing by themselves, after just three days!

Sitting criss-cross …

Walking in a line …

Uncapping Markers …

Drawing…

Hanging things up…

Walking on stairs…

Cutting and gluing…

Cooking and cleaning…

Washing and drying …

Zipping and unzipping…

Running and jumping…

Building and solving…

Reading the pictures …

Holding the door …

Dancing …

Listening…

Sharing our work and play …

And sharing our friendship…

… And it’s only been our first week together.

Just think about what all the children will be able to do in the coming weeks and months, and how proud they will be!

Nathan Johnson

Rivers Class Assistant Teacher & 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 Mustard Seed (where he graduated from in 1995) Mr. Johnson 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, while being encouraged to play and get dirty and, above all, for each child to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Mr. Johnson can be found kayaking in the Hudson, camping in Nova Scotia, at a game night with his friends, wandering around New York City, making faces in the mirror, or spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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