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Clay ball, slab, coil… and ramps!

June 9, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

This week the children continued their exploration of clay.

They learned how to form balls, slabs, and coils.


Children rolled the clay into a ball using one or two hands.


The children started by making a ball. Then they pressed it down evenly with the heal of their hand.

Voila! A slab.


The children started with a ball then rolled with one or both hands.

Let the experiments begin!

The Sky Class recently began a study of balls. They made different-sized clay balls then rolled them down different ramps.

They tried each to see which would roll…

The fastest?

The furthest?

The slowest?

The most straight?

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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