This week we will learn all about patterns. Patterns and sequencing help a child understand the natural repeating order of the world around them. It can help them predict what will come next as well as observe the natural progression of things in their environment.
When starting the practice of observing patterns, begin simply. Invite the child to notice simple changes in their environment. For example, day and night is a pattern. Every day, the sun rises and sets in a pattern to create daytime and night time. Another pattern in the children’s environment is the order of the daily schedule. Every day the Montessori classroom will have the same basic schedule. For example, morning work time, circle time or meeting time, lunch, playtime and dismissal. These patterns are perfect topics for circle time when introducing the unit of patterns.
Once children begin to understand the basic patterns of their lives, introduce
works into the classroom that aid in the children’s ability to match patterns they observe. Exploring the Color Match & Memory Game or using the multi-layer nesting puzzle to teach the child how to observe the shape and match the missing puzzle piece. Plus with both of these works, children can expand upon their learning by creating their own pictures and patterns, leading to long periods of focus and exploration.
After practice with the creation of simple patterns, the children can begin to expand their knowledge. For example, when first learning about patterns, they remain in a simple ABAB pattern. Next, the children can learn ABBA and ABCABC patterns. Continue to expand on their practice by using the Design-A-Tile & Pattern blocks.
Finally, adding complex mandala flower puzzle also aid in the child’s ability to see patterns and fill in the space with the missing shapes which leads to better understanding of order and observation and leads to higher developed critical thinking skills.
Stacking Blocks for Younger Students
When teaching this concept to the youngest members of the classroom, introducing stacking blocks can be a great way to get them interested in learning about order and patterns. The stacking & sorting truck is simple and intriguing with its multicolored blocks and working truck. This is the perfect addition to a toddler classroom the children will enjoy using the truck and stacking the blocks.
Work such as the gear stacker puzzle, in which toddlers have to turn each puzzle
piece in order to successfully stack or nest the puzzle pieces, is an added challenge for the advanced puzzle solvers in the toddler group. This puzzle helps the child slow down and thoughtful put each piece away as they will only nest in one order.
This week’s worksheet includes more pattern practice for your students to enjoy.