After working with the children over several months, I noticed that many of the children were drawing pictures of themselves when working at the writing table. I took the opportunity to focus and discuss self-portraits with the children when I noticed Jr., Austin, and Rylan staring at themselves in the mirrors while in the Art Studio. I invited them to bring the mirrors to the writing table:
Teacher Michelle: “What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Rylan: “I see my eyes, nose, and my teeth.”
Austin: “My eyes, my teeth, and forehead.”
Jr: “Eyes, nose, my hair, eyebrows, and your teeth.”
Then I handed them each a piece of paper and pencil and they began to draw themselves. I saved their drawings and then shared it with the group the following day. Sharing their drawings with the group sparked interest in the other children to draw themselves.
Having the children work on their self-portraits over several days has given the children an opportunity to recognize and name facial features that they may not have known or noticed before:
Lillian: “I have freckles!” (Then the other children checked the mirror to see if they also had freckles.)
Keira: “I have a mole.”
Bianca: “I have a mole too.”