Welcome to the Rivers Class!
September 15, 2021 | Kristen Jordan
Our first few days of school have been so full!
Children have been getting to know new friends and learning new routines.They have enjoyed learning each other’s names and being together for our meetings.
Practicing routines like walking in lines and holding doors for each other are a big part of the early days of school.
Children have been finding and using their supplies, and learning to clean up and put things away after they are finished with their work.
Snack time has been a delightful part of each morning!
An important part of each day is our activity time, where children have been practicing using scissors and drawing with markers.
During Activity time, children have also been exploring other materials: books, blocks, puzzles, and Magnatiles at the light table.
There is so much to do! But the most-reported favorite activity so far has been playing with the kitchen in the drama area! Food has been cooked and served, and sharing has been happening as children take on different roles as they engage in this fun!
The Rivers Class has also enjoyed spending time with the Trees Class as we hear stories and sing during worship…
play together in the park…
and end the half day together with story and prayer.
It has been a very full week so far!
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!