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Teaching Patterns in Kindergarten

Use everyday opportunities...

There are many opportunities throughout the day for teaching patterns in kindergarten. Children learn to recognize, create, copy and extend patterns through repeated daily activities.

Integrating five minute patterning activities into your daily schedule is not only fun for the children, but also helps them to be aware of patterns in their daily surroundings. teaching pattern

Any sets of shapes, numbers, letters or objects that are repeated over and over again help children learn about patterns.

Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Pattern Activities

On this page:

  • Before you teach pattern to kindergarten students
  • Why is teaching about pattern important?
  • Patterning skills

Before teaching pattern to kindergarten students...

It will benefit your students to have plenty of experiences sorting and grouping objects before being introduced to kindergarten patterning activities. If you think your students need more experiences with sorting and grouping read, " Kindergarten Sorting Games".

Why teach pattern in kindergarten?

teaching pattern to kindergarten and preschoolAlthough math standards vary throughout the US and Canada, teaching pattern to kindergarten is included in most lists and is often categorized under the heading of "Algebra". Algebra is about seeing relationships and as children recognize and create patterns they begin to see and understand how things work together.

Patterning skills - What do students need to know?

teaching pattern Once again skills lists vary geographically, but generally students will work towards being able to:

  • create their own patterns at various difficulty levels such as:
       red, blue, red, blue...
       red, blue, yellow, repeat...
       red, red, blue, red, red, blue....
       red, blue, yellow, yellow, yellow  
  • copy patterns that others have made
  • extend patterns that others have started
  • tell what is missing if part of a pattern is hidden
  • compare and talk about patterns that arise from their
    daily experiences
  • recognize patterns in the environment - e.g. fence posts: short, tall, short, tall...
  • use patterns to describe the world around them and
    to solve problems
  • identify a pattern

Go from "Teaching patterns in kindergarten" to the next page for info on:

  • Pattern blocks
  • Fun ideas for 5 minute patterning activities
  • Easy math games to develop kindergarten patterning skills
  • More Teacher Tips





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