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Rivers Class Honoring

June 22, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

Rivers Class, we honor you for being unique and kind-hearted.

Each of you has your own special personality that makes our class fun and colorful, like a rainbow, which you all love!  Seven colors in the rainbow and seven children!  You said, “Each of us is like one color that together makes a big rainbow.”   You all add your own unique ideas to our conversations.  Each of you create your own beautiful artwork that is different from everyone else’s.

You share and play with kindness. You care and pray for your families and friends.  You admire each others’ work and tell your friends how beautiful their work is.  You all love to work with anyone in our class, joyfully inviting others.  You comfort each other and want to know how everyone is doing.

Rivers Class, we honor you for being unique and kind-hearted.

 

We have reflected on our year, and said goodbye to various things in the classroom, and completed honoring each child.  We have remembered some of the themes we have studied: spiders, ladybugs, plants, growing, royalty and castles, Shirley Chisholm, Garrett Morgan and Misty Copeland,  and the stories of Jesus, particularly The Good Shepherd.  

Children were given the opportunity to share what their favorite topic of study this past year was.  Many said Shirley Chisholm and Garrett Morgan were their favorite topic. They also stated that they loved painting, making messages, blocks, the castle and other storytelling in drama.

Many children also said that their favorite thing was being honored!

Since you were unable to be with us, we thought you would enjoy the words that each child in the Rivers Class was honored with:

Adeline-purposeful

Andrew-expressive

Brady-a thinker

Elaina-perceptive

Eva-passionate

Lucia-enthusiastic

Maisie-a connector

 

What a joyful year!

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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