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October 24, 2017


Self-Portraits in Motion at the MRH Early Childhood Center

Each year at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center, students create images of themselves.

Call them, selfies with a purpose.

In preschool, students begin by drawing their faces.  In kindergarten, they draw their full bodies.  And in first grade, students are asked to draw their full bodies in motion.

Principal Dr. Cynthia Hebenstreit points out that the beginning of the new school year always offers many transitions and changes: new teachers, new classmates, new classrooms, new subjects.  As students and teachers discuss these changes, it becomes evident that strong emotions are often in play.  To help students deal with those emotions, instructors urge them to write down ways to help themselves when they feel anxious, scared, sad, worried, mad or overwhelmed.  

As the school day goes along, students are encouraged to listen to their emotions and create artwork to help regulate their feelings.  The resulting works are on display outside nearly every classroom at the ECC.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.