Patterns are part of our everyday lives. Patterns are all around us wherever we look. There are patterns in numbers, words, colors, rhythms, nature, fabric, wallpaper, clothes, etc. You can help your child by pointing out all patterns that you see in everyday life. Shape patterns are the first patterns that Kindergartners will be learning. Many Kindergarten teachers also use seasonal pictures to introduce patterns on the daily calendar in the classroom and the patterns will get progressively more difficult as the months go along. We begin with two shapes or two pictures called a simple AB AB pattern. Patterns help your child to make predictions by observation and to learn that patterns continually repeat themselves. Believe it or not these patterning skills will help them understand algebra.
Your child can make patterns by:
- Sizes and Shapes
- Patterns of fabric or tiles
Make a pattern and have your child copy. Then make another pattern and have your child expand it or add to it. You will be able to see whether or not your child understands all about patterns. Have fun with patterns! The possibilities are endless.