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:
Share with us what patterns you see around you. 🙂