This week in Maths, Preps are learning about patterning. Patterning is a very important skill in maths. It is a critical building block in their mathematical reasoning. Studies have shown that encouraging a child’s understanding of patterns contributes to their counting strategy development, problem solving, generalizations about number combinations, and algebraic thinking (Copley, 2000).

Patterns are everywhere in the world around us. Sometimes they become so familiar to us that we barely notice them. Today we were trying to identify some patterns in our classroom. What we discovered is that a pattern is not just a sequence on its own, for example red, yellow, blue, but it must repeat in order to be a pattern, such as red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue. It must repeat in exactly the same order.

We had lots of fun exploring patterns in our groups and rotations. We created some hungry caterpillars, some patterns using unifix cubes, and used some coloured teddies and animals to identify and continue patterns. We also explored a program on the computers called Painting Patterns, which helped us to identify the pattern and fill in the missing elements.

At home, you can work on patterns too. You can find some patterns around your home, make some pictures using patterns, or build some patterns using Lego.

Try some of these games:

Moonrock Patterns

 Pattern Mania

 Pattern Matcher

 Share with us what patterns you see around you. 🙂

Reading In Prep

One of the strategies we are focusing on in Prep this week is Getting Our Knowledge Ready. This helps us to tune in to what we will be reading in order to develop our comprehension.

We use this time to start predicting what we think we will see in the book or what might happen in the story. We look at the front cover and the title of the story and use these clues to visualize what will happen. We also make connections to our own experiences to make a prediction.

Today, we looked at Mrs Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley.

Mrs Wishy Washy

Here is what some of Prep JS thought we might read about in this story:

Nikki – she will wash some clothes.

Indy – She will clean.

Zoe – She will bake.

Tyler – she is going to wash animals.

Jamie – I think she might wash dishes.

Blake – She will wash tables.

Lucas – She will wash dogs.

Hannah – I think she is going to dry using  the towel.

Bella – she wished that she didn’t have to clean anything.

Bryce – I think she will wash the floor!

Nathaniel – she is going to make a cake.

Izzy – She will wash her house.

Oscar – She might wash little cats.

Elizabeth – I think she is going to buy some new shoes.

After we shared our ideas, we took a picture walk. This means that we looked through the pictures in the book to get a better idea of the story. Here is what some of Prep JS thought then:

Nathaniel – She will wash the cows.

Abbey – A cat will eat cat food.

Jamie – I think they will wash the ducks.

Indy – They are going to wash the pig.

Oscar – They will wash the cows.

Hannah – She needs to wash the animals because they got muddy!

Bella – They got dirty again and she kept on having to wash, wash, wash, wash!

Did our ideas change much after the story walk?

We also use this time to identify some words or vocabulary we might come across while reading.

We listened to the story and decided if our predictions were accurate or not!

Are you familiar with the story? Did our predictions make sense? Let us know in the comments!

Click here to watch a version of the story on YouTube!