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How Images Help A Child Build Pattern Recognition

Images Create Patterns

Overtime your recorded brain images connect to form patterns.  You learn concepts and terms through pattern recognition.  Which is the real cat?

Overtime your recorded brain images connect to form patterns. You learn concepts and terms through pattern recognition. Which is the real cat?

A pattern is described as a series of actions or events that together show how things normally happen or are done. (Macmillan Dictionary). For the purpose of our discussion on children and patterns, we will use the definition as follows: a physical connection or pathway between images, extracted overtime and recorded by the brain.

Jaden walks over to the table where puzzles have been laid out for the children to work on should they complete their assignments early. This is the first time she has seen the puzzle of the kitten with the red ball of yarn. She disassembles it after studying the picture closely. After ten minutes she is able to reassemble the puzzle. She enjoyed it so much that she decides to do it once again. This time she puts the puzzle back together again in less than three minutes.

How was Jaden able to assemble the puzzle much quicker the second time? As our eyes perceive the light reflecting off an object, it is sent to the brain where the light (image) is recorded. The image is then easily recognized and connects our thought processes with the action needed. An established pattern is retrieved for application. This is a simple explanation of how an image is recorded. The example below is a visual diagram of this process.


Images Extract Patterns From The Brain

Through repetitive image building (patterns), children learn hard concepts such as love.

Through repetitive image building (patterns), children learn hard concepts such as love.

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Images Lead To Pattern Detection

A young child has little notion as to what it means to love someone. They do enjoy the love of their parents and enjoy giving it back through hugs and kisses. The concept of love is much deeper and can only be taught through repetitive images that connect over time to form a pattern. The pattern formed is stored in long-term memory and will be there as a basis of comparison for future connections such as the meaning of "love".

For example, a child learns early that a doll is an object to handle with gentle care. She may be encouraged to hug the doll and to cuddle it while singing a song. Later her mom may read a book to her about a little boy who has a baby sister. The pictures in the book show him hugging his baby sister and playing with her. During the evening, daddy rocks her in a chair, hugging and kisses her while singing a lullaby. With each action, her brain is forming an image and it processes the meaning and stores it to memory.

As the child grows, new experiences are added to her understanding of love. She discovers Grandma and Grandpa also apply meaning to the word by their loving care. She watches other children being affectionately cared for by their parents. She may experience the loving attention of a pet and return the love through meaningful actions such as petting.

These actions are recorded as images in the brain and through time a connection is made between them. Her brain makes a physical connection, or pathway, between all the recorded images. As times passes, these connections form a pattern. In this case, the pattern is the concept of love.

Thinking Patterns Of The Brain

Logic Type: Left BrainGestalt: Right Side

Conscious, control center of the brain

Unconscious, automatic center of the brain

Processes from pieces of information to whole perspective

Processes from whole perspective to pieces of information

Logical and analytical

Intuitive and feelings oriented

Enjoys detailed thinking

Enjoys big picture thinking

Linear and sequential

Deals with whole images & meaning

Prefers strucuture

Flexible and spontaneous

Prefers organization

Goes witht he flow, hunches

Language center of brain

Rhyth and movement section of brain

Adapted from publication: Thinking Patterns of the Brain: Jan Yordy, M. Ed., M.W.W., R.P.T

Routine Patterns Of Learning

Your stored patterns help you to recognize objects expressing the concept of love.  Routine giving of hearts on Valentine's Day teach you this symbol equals love.

Your stored patterns help you to recognize objects expressing the concept of love. Routine giving of hearts on Valentine's Day teach you this symbol equals love.

The Importance of Patterns In Learning

Structured Patterns Lead To Learning

Does the following paragraph make sense to you?

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Even if the spelling of the word is incorrect, or the letters are out of order, your brain has formed a pattern for each word you have learned. It can immediately decipher a word based upon the learned pattern. Patterns signal our brain as to what is coming ahead and help us to focus.

Pattern recognition is useful when learning new concepts in school, at home, and in social environments. Prior experience leads to new learning comprehension as we begin to form a pattern.

For instance, in the following example, the children through classroom instruction begin to form a pattern for a bridge.

  • The teacher discusses bridges during morning circle time.
  • She then reads a book on bridges.
  • Pictures of bridges are posted on the bulletin board and around the room for viewing.
  • Children are encouraged to build a bridge in the block area later in the day.
  • Before going home, the teacher will show a model of a bridge and lead children in singing "London Bridge", while playing the game.

By the end of the day, children have recorded several images of a bridge to memory and begin to see how they fit together. A pattern is established and stored. Keep in mind that the more complex an idea or topic, the longer the pattern will take to form.

As a child is exposed to images, repeatedly or through structured learning, he will connect the images to form a pattern for comprehension and application. Therefore, parents and teachers will find it helpful to teach a child a difficult concept (empathy, for example) through varied learning methods such books, photos, artwork, hands-on activities, chats, and actual representation.

Above all, it takes time for children to establish patterns in life situations and learnings. Pattern detection comes easily to our brains and is as natural as breathing. Children want to learn and their brain can process images rapidly, but the connection is established over time.


Dianna Mendez (author) on January 17, 2014:

Jackie, glad to see you any day. Yes, children are quick learners and want to please. Thanks for your comment.

Word55, thank you!

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 14, 2014:

Hi teaches, what a great hub! Voted Up -:)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 13, 2014:

This is excellent and could very well be used in just the opposite way and probably is in some places. Children are so ready to absorb and it is so important to do it right. Sorry I missed this so long ago.

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 01, 2013:

Thanks for linking this to your hub. I will follow as well with yours once it is posted. Looking forward to your post! Happy New Years!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 01, 2013:

Hi, teaches12345. I am in the process of writing a Hub on how to improve your brain calculations. I would like to link this Hub into mine if I may. It should be ready to publish in 2-3 days. Thanks in advance. Mary

Dianna Mendez (author) on December 15, 2012:

Hi Terrye! Interesting location you are presently in -- between heaven and hell -- guess it's a good place to view the world! Great job encouraging pattern discovery with Collin. This helps to organize thoughts and understand logic. Bless you for being such a good mommy.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 15, 2012:

This is awesome, teaches! I've been working on patterns with Collin to back up what he's learning at school. Very interesting and helpful information. Thank you for this!

Dianna Mendez (author) on December 14, 2012:

I learned much about childhood behavior by observation as well, Vinaya. It is fascinating to watch them. You can almost hear them thinking as they move and respond to their environment. Thanks for your insightful visit and support. Have a great weekend.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on December 14, 2012:

I knew nothing about child's learning process until my sister had a baby. By observing my nephew, I began to understand, how a child builds his knowledge. Thanks for sharing your expertise, I learned many things from your hub.


Dianna Mendez (author) on October 25, 2012:

Audra, I was just talking with some educators who feel the same way; not enough flexibility in the new core standards. Academics is good, but it must have creativity as well.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2012:

What an interesting hub that will give parents a look into the child's mind and learning techniques. Another great parent-oriented hub!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 24, 2012:

This is a great hub, teaches12345, and I wish I could post it in every early childhood education center. The new "core standards" pushed down by state administrators often requires a lot of writing and paperwork that is not appropriate for 4 and 5 year old children. The inclusion of a new concept into many different facets of the school day (song, book, art activity, etc.) is much better for helping young children to assimilate new ideas. Voted up!!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 23, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

Yes, it is fun to teach pattern concepts with children. They do pick up the connection of images or repeated themes and connect them over time. Thanks for your coming by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Very interesting article about teaching concepts such as love and empathy through pattern recognition. I'll just bet that it is very rewarding to teach young children such things, but as others have mentioned our learning process never ends no matter how old we get. Thanks for this wonderful hub!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 21, 2012:

Audra, you are so right. We still continue to learn as we build images to set patterns no matter how old we are. Thanks for your stopping by here today.

Tsmog, Wow, I would love to hear how this worked with your amnesia. perhaps a hub? Thanks for your add to this subject, very valuable! Love your pattern on my pen name. :)

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on October 21, 2012:

Great article. Very important element in design principles. Spatial matrix problems occur everyday from reading a map to following a GPS. Pattern recognition is used with all kinds of predictors. I use pattern recognition in the workplace daily. The object permanence phase of learning and pattern recognition were important elements while I recovered from amnesia. Well done Teaches (pattern) 12345 . . .


Audra on October 21, 2012:

Hi Dianna,

I think this could help people, adults like mysel, with ADD too! great read :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 20, 2012:

Fpher, I am reminded of the saying the Amish repeat, "I am too soon old, and too late smart." This is often how I feel. Thanks for you encouragement. Good to see you here today. Be well and safe.

Suzie from Carson City on October 20, 2012:

teaches...You are simply a treasure of wonderful information...especially, of course, when it comes to children. Even an old experienced Great Gram like myself should never be done learning!!

The education you provide us can only make us SUPER Grams!!! lol...

Thank you for your well-written, enjoyable hubs,teaches.......UP+++

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 19, 2012:

Nell, interesting on the child recognition and the mirror. As an educator, I would advise teachers to place a mirror in the library area, as well as the standard stand-up bar for infants to play and chat with themselves. Great add to the topic! Take care.

Pamela, I love to study how children's brain affect their view of life. Glad you also enjoy the study. Thank you for coming by today. Blessings.

Diane, I appreciate your sweet comment here. You are always such a positive vistor. Be well and safe.

Diane Minton from Evansville, Indiana on October 19, 2012:

You are at the top of your field and the Hubs you produce

show it. Congrats on another informative HUB!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 19, 2012:

This hub is so interesting and explains the way children perceive patterns so well. The way the brain works is fascinating. This is a well written hub as usual.

Nell Rose from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi teaches, this was so interesting, I remember when I studied psychology we covered something similar. It was the recognition in the mirror for children, at a certain age I can't remember exactly when, about 9 months old I believe, the child will actually begin to realise that it is them in the mirror, before that they couldn't get the connection, voted up and hub shared, nell

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 17, 2012:

Good to see you here, dwachira. Thanks for your added value to the hub topic. I do enjoy writing about things that will help parents understand their kids a little better. Enjoy your evening.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on October 17, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

Visual interaction adds a lot of cognitive growth into a child development. Children learn a lot by seeing and images are part of this. It is true as a child is exposed to images repeatedly, he/she will connect the images to form a pattern for comprehension and application and therefore improve the ability to relate images to words. You are an experienced writer on child development and i really admire your talent and skills. Great article, voted up and shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 17, 2012:

Cogerson, I love those Baby Einstein videos. The images are vivid and help children to recognize patterns. Good to hear that you enjoy watching your kids learn and grow -- yes, we do get smarter the with each child we get. You should have a doctorate for raising 6! Thanks for coming by and take care.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 17, 2012:

Excellent hub....and I have to say I agree with all of your points in the hub. Having raised 6 kids...I have watched these points help my kids get smarter and smarter as we produce each kid....I guess I screwed up the first kid.....lol.

Our last two kids seem to have really responded to the Baby Einstein movies...and they really push images more than anything else. About to go work on some pattern recognition with the 3 year old....voted up and very useful.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 16, 2012:

I love apples and that would be very nice right about now, B. Malin. It's fun to look for those patterns in life as well. Take care.

b. Malin on October 16, 2012:

Another Excellent, Educational and Informative Hub Teacher. You deserve an Apple! Puzzles are a Great teaching and learning experience. It proves our Brains are always looking for Patterns and routines to strengthen and structure to reinforce and learn.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 16, 2012:

Lyric, glad to know that the articles are a fun learning experience. Thanks for your visit and support. Always good to hear from you any day!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 16, 2012:

Teaches, what more can I say? You always write at an extreme level, both professional and educational. Your series of articles has helped me personally and I am sure many others along the way. For myself, you make learning easy and fun. Just another example of how you are a top tier teacher. And once again, thanks for everything. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. Have a great evening and best wishes Teaches.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 15, 2012:

Jamie, just covering how images, over time form patterns. These patterns are retrieved to help us identify objects or concepts. It is a bit much to absorb at one reading. It's also interesting that I just read a psychology lesson on left and right brain dominance. Seems that they are re-defining this as well. I have heard of such abuse of children and although they may recover eventually, they need a lot of counsiling and loving support to get there. Thanks for your valued add to this discussion. You have challenged me and I love it! Have a great evening.

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 15, 2012:

This hub is interesting yet my brain wants to make it complicated! You explained everything very well... sometimes it takes me a bit. I'm going to re-read it and try to let it soak in. Does that mean I'm a left or right brainer? I've always wondered about that. I have always heard little ones brains are like sponges.. they soak everything in. Your hub here made me think about a hub I read recently about feral children and the case of the little girl who was found strapped to a toilet for YEARS without any human interaction. Apparently the parents just left here there like that for years in a dark room. From what I understood, if a child passes that crucial stage of development without being shown love, affection or any human interaction, it's very difficult or even impossible to learn it later. It really made me sad to think of this. Great hub, teaches. Thank you for sharing. Voting up!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 15, 2012:

Thank you, igunugent, faith, hyphen, midget, and mommy for your support. It's amazing how the brain learns through applied images. Makes you think about what is role modeled.

Faith, you are so dear! Glad I can be of service to those sweet treasures.

Hyphen, please do share and I am glad it will help parents in raising children.

Blessings to all!

Michelle Clairday from Arkansas on October 15, 2012:

Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 15, 2012:

This is why reinforcement in different forms is necessary, and you've said it brilliantly, Diana!! Thanks for enhancing our understanding of patterns...I hope parents will understand why it is necessary at home. Thanks for sharing and I share too.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 15, 2012:

I just love brain science. May I print this to use at a Circle of Parents meeting? Your presentation is so clear and professional but easy to understand.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 14, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Don't know how I missed this one, but I am here now. Another excellent hub full of insightful information. I have resigned to printing off your hubs to keep in a special folder just for use as relates to my grandchildren. You are so wise dear one, and I know I have said that over and over, but it is so true. By the way, gorgeous new profile pic!!!

You are great, teaches. Voted Way Up as always

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

ignugent17 on October 14, 2012:

Great hub! I love reading your paragraph it is fun. It is really true that the brain reads the patterns.

Voted up and more. :-)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 14, 2012:

missingpiece, being in the puzzle business you must have some really interesting shares on how patterns work together. Thanks for your validation of the topic and your visit here today. I love to watch children as they complete their first puzzle by themselves. They feel such a great feeling of accomplishment. Enjoy your day.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 13, 2012:

Linda, love your comment and so appreciate your visit. A child's brain in the learning process is amazing!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 13, 2012:

We often take for granted what a wonderful mechanism the brain is. Observing the learning patterns of children is an excellent way to witness its inner workings!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Thanks, Vellur for your comment and added value to the content. I do appreciate your visit and support. Enjoy your weekend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 12, 2012:

Pattern recognition is a very important part of comprehension. You have highlighted the importance and the connection between pattern recognition and comprehension. Great hub.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Alicia, thanks for coming by here tonight. Your visits are always a good thing for me. Enjoy your weekend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 12, 2012:

Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge of how children learn, Dianna. The information that you present in this hub is both interesting and valuable!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Seeker7, you have made an important statement. Patterns learned can also be negative and detrimental to a child's character and growth. Thus, a child who is constantly shoved away, or not shown love only sets patterns of rejection. Yes, as a teacher, my heart goes out to all children and I enjoy watching them learn positive concepts about life. Thank you for your added value to this discussion. Enjoy your day.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on October 12, 2012:

What a fascinating hub this is! I found the difficult concept of love a particularly interesting part of the hub and wondered then, if some poor kids who are not in a particularly happy household, the 'patterns' for love might be incomplete or not fully understood? This might then impact not only on their childhood development but into adulthood? If this is the case then it just shows the importance I would imagine of setting good and appropriate patterns down for children?

Watching young minds develop and grow must be a hugely rewarding experienced for a teacher and I heartily salute the work that you guys do!

Excellent hub + voted up!!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Cleaner, thank you. I may just have too much time to think about these things and I just hope that I come over as normal. He, he, he. Enjoy your weekend, friend.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Hey, Ruchira! I do enjoy your visits and value your comments. Have a wonderful weekend, friend.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

I appreciate your support, Eddy. God bless you.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Huckelbury, very astute observation! Enjoyed your comment and wit. Thanks for your visit here today and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

huckelbury on October 12, 2012:

Thanks, teaches, for a marvelous and informative trip through our neural pathway and for giving us one of the most lucid descriptions of the differences between deductive and inductive reasoning. You're a wealth of information and a pleasure to read. Voted up.

cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on October 12, 2012:

teaches , excellent write , you truly are a teacher . that is the praise I HEAP upon you . every time I read your hubs I am amazed at your perception of logic and reason with the intention of forming childrens brains to the meaning of what it means to think.

great job on this hub , keep up the learning process for us hubbers . !

Ruchira from United States on October 12, 2012:

Beautiful insight into the development of a child. I agree patterns do help and I had very faint idea about it until now.

Practical knowledge always lays a strong foundation.

many votes, Dianna as useful and sharing it across

Eiddwen from Wales on October 12, 2012:

Anther great hub.


Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Michele, that teacher should have been fired! What a waste of education. I had a math teacher who was drunk every other day. Guess kids didn't report things like they do now. Still, some teachers today are the same. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 12, 2012:

You are such a wonderful teacher, I wish you had taught my daughter when she was younger. We need more teachers like you. They know better ways to teach and care about the children. Well there are a lot of teachers like that, but there are a few who are just sick and tired. When I was in highschool, we had a teacher who would write the assignment on the blackboard. We were supposed to read a chapter of one of our books then write a short essay. All he did was read. The entire room was quiet. We turned in our papers and left after the class was over. That was about it. I can't even remember the name of the class or what we were taught.

Vote up.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Thank you, Mhatter, for stopping by here today. Nice to hear your words of support. Take care.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 11, 2012:

Though my children are grown. Agreed. Great info. Thanks

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Mama Kim, I thank you for your visit here today. Thanks for the warm wishes as well. Those whoopie pies are pretty amazing.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Kimberlie, the brain is amazing! Glad to see you here and thanks for your votes of support.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Ssturegionl, thanks for your votes of support.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Thank you, Bill. There is no denying the fact that kids are eager to learn, they just need positive motivation.

Sasha Kim on October 11, 2012:

Thank you again for such a useful hub in helping my teach my children ^_^ Also I'd like to congratulate you on your wonderful HOTD!!! ^_^ I tried those Woopie pies recently and they were fabulous! I was in Woopie pie heaven ^_^ voting this hub up and useful!!

Kimberlie Kacan from Brooklyn, NY on October 11, 2012:

This is really interesting. The human brain is so amazing. Voted up!

Sturgeonl on October 11, 2012:

Very insightful article teaches12345! It explains so well the learning process children go through in their development of concepts about the world. Voted up and awesome!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2012:

Read the entire hub, and it was excellent....the one phrase that jumped out at me was "children want to learn." Truer words were never spoken.

Great job Dianna!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

I actually enjoyed putting this together. There is so much to learning through patterns. Thanks, Mary.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 11, 2012:

You always write such informative and interesting articles, and this one is no exception. Your chart on the thinking patterns of the brain was excellent.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Janine, my turn to say, "WOW"! That is so validating to this hub topic. I love it! Thanks for sharing this story here. Enjoy your little girl, I love the way you are role modeling for her important life patterns. Blessings.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 11, 2012:

Wow, just this morning was watching Emma rocking her baby doll singing and putting her to sleep. I thought wow how does she know just how to do that and then realized she watched me with her younger sister only about a year ago and even though I thought she was too young to remember she truly had to have remembered to be so through and detailed in her activity. Really excellent article and so very true too. Have voted and shared all over as usual!!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Jools, I applaud the school for using the posters to help children memorize and learn pattern-detection. I am fascinated at how patterns are all around us and help us to learn. Its the order of life. Great contribution to the content, Jools. Take care.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 11, 2012:

Dianna, great hub. Back in my old school, there was lots of display but my favourite place was always nursery (kindergarten in the US?) and reception classes where patterns ans images covered the walls. I can understand why, these were the youngest children in the school.

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