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Colorful Birds

May 19, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

The Sky Class children have been excited about birds. This week they spent time looking closely at books about different birds found all around the world.

They noticed details of feathers, beaks, colors, body shapes, and wings.

The chose to draw…

a flamingo

a northern cardinal

a peacock

a rainbow lorikeet

a puffin

a cockatiel

a pigeon

a tufted coquette



I think this one is the boy and the other one is the girl because males attract females with color.

I like the red body. I saw a cardinal in my backyard!

It is finally time to add color to the bird observational drawings!

Using the techniques they learned while painting with watercolors, the Sky Class went back to the images they drew from to represent each bird.


I get to make the cardinal red! That’s my favorite color!

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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