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Collaborative Watercolor

May 26, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

Finally the time had come to let their birds fly and soar!

This week the Sky Class children worked together to paint a sky using watercolors. The sky will serve as the background for their birds to fly high above the class tree.

This work helped them foster their collaborative skills.

Collaboration helps children learn from each other.


  • Discover each other’ strengths and interests
  • Effectively communicate
  • Learn to cooperate (the ability to balance one’s own needs with someone else’s)
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Practice taking turns, sharing, and empathy
  • Understand different perspectives
  • Work toward a common goal
  • Negotiate and compromise

To paint a large space, the children needed to use different brushes.

What do you notice about this brush?

It’s blue, watery.

I notice that it’s big and soft.

Then it was time to work together to fill the space.

The children began working together…

I’m going to do the bottom and you can do the top. Yes.

We can work together on this part.

Look for white spots so we can paint those spots.

Let’s work together! How about I go first? Ok.

He said its too high for him so I got it.

This blue sky is going to look awesome!

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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