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Bears Join the Trees Class

September 29, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

In the first few weeks of school the children learned more about their space, teachers, and each other. By making up new games together, organizing running races outside, and taking turns with materials, children began to think about ways to communicate what they want, what they need, and how they are feeling.


Children practice these skills and explore these feelings through play.

After listening to the Cordoroy story, the children also spotted a bear on the Worship table. They heard that this wasn’t the only bear coming to the Trees Class: an entire troupe was on its way!

The children were excited to meet the bears. They thought about how they were going to welcome them and teach them about their new home: the Trees Classroom. The children decided that the bears needed to know things like how to sit on the Nest and where to eat lunch. Then each child took a turn choosing their bear.

Just like they are learning each other’s names, the children thought about what names their bears may have?

Once they were all were named, the children hung a name tag on their bear and decorated it according to their new friend’s preference. Who knew bears had so much taste in color and design!

Now the bears were ready to join their friends during Activity Time. They did so much!

Finally, the children shared more about their bears.

What is their favorite color? What do they like to do at school? What is their favorite food? What do they like to wear?

Stay tuned to meet each bear!

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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