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Self Portraits

June 16, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

Drawing is one way children explore the world around them and express their understandings.

Young children begin by trying various drawing tools (markers, colored pencils, crayons) and later make marks on paper that begin taking on meaning.

Drawings become detailed as children grow and mature.

Drawing supports children’s…

  • pre-writing skills
  • hand-eye coordination
  • conceptual exploration and understanding
  • attention span
  • creative expression
  • fine motor skills

The Sky Class children have been building skills through observational drawings of buildings, leaves, and birds. They revisited drawing self-portraits and using the skills they’ve been practicing, children looked in the mirror and started with…

Face and eyes

Nose and mouth

Final parts… hair and details!

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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