In Division 12 we have been studying patterns. We have been learning that patterns must have a “core” that repeats. A pattern can have two or three or more different parts in the core. We have discovered that patterns are all around us, in the classroom, on our clothes and in books and songs. Developing a strong concept of pattern is an essential step in preparing for future learning in many subject areas including literacy and math.
We strive to help the children discover and make patterns in as many ways as possible. One day last week, we went on a pattern walk and studied the school ground to see patterns in the outside environment. The children wanted to say this:
“We are good at finding and making patterns. How do you like the patterns that we found outside? All of the patterns that we found are beautiful. We were looking all around the school ground for patterns that were repeating and they have a core. We found lots of patterns but we did not find all of them, patterns are all around us.”
Please take the time to talk about patterns in your environments at home. Can your child create any patterns with materials you have at home?
Here is a short video that we used at school to introduce pattern ideas to the children. They enjoy seeing it again, so you can share it at home too!