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One math skill that is necessary for kindergarten readiness is patterns. A pattern is a set of objects that repeats itself in some way.
Why are patterns so important?
Patterns are a basic, foundational skill for kindergarten. Although it might seem easy, learning patterns can take months or even an entire school year to learn.
What are some ways to make patterns?
- Sound/Rhythm (yes, you can make patterns in music! One tap, two taps, one tap…)
- Movement (hop on foot, jump, hop on two feet, hop on one foot,…)
What materials can I use to teach my child patterns?
What hands-on activities can I use to teach my child patterns?
- Sort objects in ice trays and create a pattern.
- Use drums or pots and pans to create musical patterns
- Have your child complete a pattern
What are some books about patterns?
I like to read a book before I introduce a concept to my children. Otherwise, they have no idea what I’m talking about. Books make math concepts more concrete to preschoolers.
How can I tell if my child knows and understands patterns?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Can your child complete a pattern that you start?
- Can your child tell you about a pattern?
- Can you child make a pattern?
- Can your child make a complicated pattern?
- What do children learn from making patterns?
- Make predictions (what comes next)
- Make connections
Here are 2 free printables to teach your child patterns:
Teddy Bear Pattern/ The Measured Mom
Duplo Pattern Busy Bags/ All Our Days
Start getting your child ready for kindergarten today!