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Spring in the Studio

June 15, 2022 | Sossi Essajanian

Children have been encountering many spring-time creatures like spiders, flies, and bees outside (and sometimes inside!).

So the last few weeks they have been recreating these out of clay.

First they molded the clay in the shape of the insect. Then they added the details like legs and antenna… then finally painting them.

This week each child also completed a book they’ve been compiling of their paintings of the ladybug life cycle. Children discussed what it means to be scientists observing and recording changes in the world. The end of the book is also the beginning, with the adult female ladybug laying eggs for the next generation.

The children are proud to show their knowledge and artistic skills to each other, their teachers, and their family.

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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