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# Shapes, Shapes, Everywhere!

January 26, 2022 | Sossi Essajanian

Learning about shapes help children distinguish and sort out visual data. The study of shapes also supports children’s understanding of two-and three dimensional structures.

Children who can differentiate shapes also begin to notice the differences in letters and numbers, supporting their overall literacy and numeracy skills.

Children in the Trees Class have been seeing and exploring shapes everywhere!

The past few weeks, they have also explored qualities of shapes. How do you know that this is a square? A circle? A triangle?

During these discussions, children discovered the properties of shapes!

2-D is flat. 3D is not flat. It’s higher.

There are 4 points on the square.

Three points. A triangle!

It has 3 corners but it’s sliding down… it’s sliding down and triangles don’t slide down. If it doesn’t slide up, yes, it’s a triangle.

It [the triangle] doesn’t have the same number as the square.

A rectangle is larger than a square. Two squares make a rectangle.

### 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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