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Patterns, Patterns Everywhere

November 4, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian

At the center of mathematics are patterns. They help children explore complex concepts and see relationships. Children use patterns to notice and form generalizations, which later assist them in making predictions.

Patterns are found in art, nature, music, literature… everywhere!

Children tune into visual or auditory patterns in their everyday experiences such as noticing stripes on clothing or clapping rhythms during rhymes and chants. Next children attempt to “read” the pattern, unlocking its repeating units. They may copy it in their work and continue the same repetition. Later children play around with ways to arrange the units to make their own pattern.

The work of patterns takes time. It grows in complexity and representation.

One thing is for sure: Patterns are fun!

Noticing patterns…

Copying and creating patterns…

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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