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So Many Christmas Blessings!

December 16, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

In the Trees Class, children have been getting ready for the birth of Jesus by engaging in so many different experiences that help them become immersed in the story of Jesus and the spirit of offering to others.

During Advent worship, they have heard many stories of those who came before Jesus.  They have made and added ornaments to the Jesse Tree to remember these stories.

Children have also been drawing Jesse Trees and Christmas-themed drawings.

They have shared how they have helped earn toddler items for our preschool service project.

A lot of gift-making and wrapping has been happening in the studio!

Children have painted angels to remind us of the importance of angels in the story of Jesus’ birth.

Listening to books and acting out the Christmas narrative with figures and in drama has been so fun!

We have practiced being sheep.

And singing like angels spreading our “glory” all around!

The children have practiced rehearsing telling the story without costumes…

and with costumes!

At last, it was time for us to share the story that the children now know so well.

It was a beautiful worship and the children did an amazing job of expressing the blessings of this season of Jesus’ birth.

“Come Emanuel

Come Emanuel

Come and be born in our hearts!” 

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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