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Every Bear is Unique

September 30, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian

Now that each bear has a name tag, it was easier for the children to tell them apart but bears are more than just a name. Children express and explore thoughts and feelings through play and now through their bears. What else did the children know about their bear? They discussed all the bear’s favorite things. What foods did they like? What was their favorite color? How old is bear?

Once they knew the bears a bit better, the children thought about how the bear might look based on their likes. So they drew pictures of their bear wearing it’s favorite outfit, eating it’s favorite meal, or maybe playing with it’s favorite toy!

Meet the Sky Class bears!

Meet School The Bear

School is 4 years old and his favorite color is green. He likes eating beans and reading the book Ladybug Girl. School likes to go to school and paint, play outside, and draw. He lives at school and likes to wear a mask. He is allergic to medicine.

Meet Queen Elsa Anna The Bear

Queen Elsa Anna is 8 years old and she has a new baby brother and sister in her family. She lives in a 100 mile-high apartment and her favorite food is spaghetti. She likes to make new friends at school and enjoys cutting, playing tag, and coloring. Her favorite book is The Little Blue Train. She likes to pretend to be a princess and she wears overalls and doesn’t like wearing a mask.

Meet Mouse Jixsen The Bear

Mouse is 7 years old and has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. His favorite color is orange and he likes to draw with markers and read about planes. His favorite book is Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane. He lives in a tall building on the 10th floor. He likes to wear rainbow clothes and when he swims he wears a rainbow swimsuit. Mouse is fast like a roadrunner and studies dinosaur bones.

Meet Rainbow The Bear

He is 4 years old and likes to say “hi” with his hands. He is soft and brown is his favorite color but also likes red and green. He likes to fly, dance, do flips, and be silly with his body. He wears short sleeve brown shirts and dino shorts. Rainbow also likes to wear grizzly bear shirts and grizzly bear pants. He is the oldest of 2 brothers. He doesn’t like to eat but likes to drink water. Rainbow enjoys grizzly bear books.

Meet Sophia The Bear

Sophia is 4 years old and she likes the color pink. Her favorite food is plantains and she has 1 sister. Sophia likes going to school and playing with Widgets and sleeping during quiet time. She doesn’t like to wear a mask because it makes her mouth hot.

Meet Butterfly Alalouh The Bear

Butterfly is 9 years old and she likes to paint, draw, and go to school. Her favorite food is rice and beans and she enjoys reading Dora books. She likes blue, purple, pink, and red. Butterfly wears dresses, pants, shirts, and sneakers with laces. The mask she wears at school is pink with white and purple.

Meet Bee The Bear

Bee is 10 years old and her favorite color is green. She likes to eat chicken sandwiches and she enjoys coming to school where she plays with the story basket. She walks 55 miles to school. Her favorite book is Wink: The Ninja who Wanted to be Noticed. Bee lives in a nest in the forest with her family who are mountain bears. He doesn’t have clothes, just fur. Bee doesn’t like wearing a mask and has no allergies.

Stay tuned next week to see how the children will match their bear with how they look in their drawing!

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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