<div>The way I understand the tool of patterning is that it is something humans do as a way of organizing and categorizing the vast amounts of information available to us. We group things together based on perceived similarities to help us remember and make sense of things.</div>
<div>The original pattern I chose were the gardens at the Château de Villandry, in the Loire Valley of France. French gardens are notoriously made from symmetrical patterns, and my students learn about the difference between French and English gardens during our castle unit. They also make their own gardens using supplies like paper, crayons, and pipe cleaners.</div>
<div>My students often struggle with sentence structure when first learning how to speak French. So I decided to break down the garden pattern that they are so familiar with and use it to create a new pattern for learning sentence structure. This new pattern uses the same thought process that it takes to design a French garden, but instead of flowers and bushes, the pattern is made up of different parts of speech.</div>
<div>I never would have thought to use gardens to teach sentence structure. It took me almost the whole two weeks to finally figure out a pattern and how to repurpose it! However, now that I have taken the time to recognize a pattern and figure out a way to use it in other areas, I think it will be easier in the future. Having my students make 'sentence gardens' to help them start speaking French is just...well I definitely surprised myself with this one. There are patterns everywhere, and it was cool to realize that you can use those patterns to teach other things that might not even be conventionally related.</div>

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