Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preschool activities to promote patterning skills

It's Wednesday, and here at Preschool Ponderings, that means time to focus on the standards.  Every Wednesday I choose an Early Learning Standard and share a number of activities that can be aligned with that particular standard.  Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards - you can review them here, however I've found that even if your State's standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I've rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Mathematics
Strand: Algebra
Topic: Patterning

There are a ton of activities that you can do with little ones to work on patterning skills.  The general rule of thumb is to start with simple patterns (i.e. abababab), once children understand that patterns repeat themselves, then they can begin to understand that a pattern can be anything that repeats, at this point you can introduce more complicated patterns (i.e. abcabc or abbabb).  Here are just a few ideas for working on patterning skills with your students; 

Patterning snakes (so fun!) from Frugal Fun for Boys

an open-ended pattern provocation from Thinking and Learning in Room 122

Cereal patterns - fine motor and patterning! From Education.com

Dot marker patterns from Peterson's Pad

Understanding patterns is a fundamental skill for deeper math and language concepts.  Recognizing and recreating patterns helps children pay attention to detail and replicate their observations. When children begin to continue existing patterns they are showing that they are capable of thinking critically and using the information they have to answer questions.  Patterning may seem like a simple skill, but this simple skill is a building block for the algebra and reading concepts that children will learn throughout their educational careers. 

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