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Shapes, Numeracy, Patterns, and Relationships

October 28, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian

Children’s natural interest in numeracy, shapes, quantitative, and spatial relations play out in everyday activities. From counting to 20 when washing hands, to checking if everyone is at school that day, to noticing how two triangle Magnatiles make a square, these early experiences provide opportunities for concepts and properties to be naturally discovered.

Mathematics are embedded in patterns, numbers, relationships, and children engage with these organically during all times of the day!

Shapes and patterns…




Numeracy at Morning Meeting…

Counting how many Bs are in a rhyme

Predicting size

Counting and clapping syllables in each person’s name

Counting during literacy…

Or just making up a board game!

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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