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New Friends and So Much Beauty

September 30, 2020 | Kristen Jordan















The Trees Class is excited to welcome them! 

Last week, after much anticipation and seeing the bears around our classroom, the children welcomed them warmly.  Each child was given the opportunity to choose his or her own bear, and we have since spent lots of time thinking about how to care for the bears and how to keep them safe in the classroom.  The children have been thinking about what their bears enjoy.  Some like to dance and laugh and do activities at school.  Some enjoy hugs, reading books, and going for walks.  Food is a big part of the discussions around what the bears like!  We have many fruit-lovers!

The children know that the bears will stay inside school as a special friend to enjoy, cuddle with and help comfort them when they need it during school.  This led to some great conversations about when children may feel sad or in need of extra care. Some of the times children expressed were “When I start to miss my daddy” and “When I say goodbye to my mommy.” 

Each child and bear went mask shopping so that the bears, and everyone else are kept safe.  We know this is important!

When I let the children know that we were going to have a fire drill on Monday, the bears were there for the children to hug as some talked about fears.  Several children in the class worry about loud noises and we have had several conversations about what to do when there is a loud noise.  It was good to be able to process emotions with the extra comfort of hugging a bear in your arms.  After the fire drill, children held their bears again and we discussed the drill.  Many spoke of how they had been worried before but they found that the noise wasn’t all that bad, and they were no longer worried. I wonder if the bears helped the children to get through the noise of the drill more easily? 

As Lucien put it, “There are good guys and there are bad guys.  Our bears are good guys.”  And Sky followed up with, “There are scary bears, but these aren’t scary bears.”  

There is more to do with the bears so keep your ears open for stories and watch the blog for further updates on what is going on with them!  

Creating Beauty

And, as we continue hearing stories from the beginning of the bible during worship each day, we hope you will enjoy these photos of the children reflecting God’s creations through their beautiful artwork and explorations.  

So far, we have heard about the first 4 days of God’s creations:

  1. light
  2. sky and seas
  3. land and plants
  4. sun, moon and stars. 

Do you see light, sky, seas, land, plants, sun, moon and stars in our work and play?  

Keep watching for more of our work showing the beauty of God’s creations!

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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