Monday, April 4, 2011

Pattern Books

Long before they enter school, parents can do a lot to help young children develop the ability to think mathematically. One type of book that can help is "pattern books." Children will enjoy the hearing the repetition as adults read the text. In wordless books children will be able to identity the repeated patterns in the pictures.

Teaching Tip:
Ask children to model the pattern in the book by representing it with blocks or some other type of manipulative. Unifix Cubes (snap cubes) work very well for this purpose. Children can snap together cubes of two alternating colors to represent a simple ABAB pattern. A third color cube can be used to represent more complex patterns such as AABAAC.

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