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A Self Portrait


Piven, Hanoch. My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks, Schwartz & Wade, 2007. Print

We read the book, ‘My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks’, written by Hanoch Piven. In the picture book the character creates portraits of her family members using found objects. After reading the book the teachers suggested that we could also try to recreate our own faces using materials.

You can read the story here at

(©2010 WGBH Educational Foundation and Sirius Thinking, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven, used with permission. Text ©2007 by Hanoch Piven. All Rights Reserved.)

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Creating a self portrait is an opportunity for a child to express how they see themselves. The teachers created an inviting display of natural materials, pretty jewels and recycled items. The children were offered a mirror and asked to look at their reflection, most children enjoyed making connections between their face and their reflection. The teachers might have pointed out their eyes, nose and mouth or asked the child to identify their own features. The children were encouraged to share the names of these body parts in their mother tongue or make the connection with the English vocabulary.



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The children will revisit this task again later in the year as an opportunity to make reflections on both their physical and personal growth.

Photos by Rebecca Smith (ICS EY Teacher)

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