*NOTE: This is a kindergarten skill, but we’re sharing here because many preschoolers are advanced. If your preschooler is ready for this skill, feel free to teach it!
If you’d like to build your preschooler’s math skills, make sure that you don’t forget to help them produce patterns.
WHY PRESCHOOLERS SHOULD PRODUCE OTHER PATTERNS
Patterns are things that repeat in a predictable way, such as those found in nature and in many parts of a child’s daily routine. Producing patterns is an important early math skill because it builds a foundation for later math skills like addition, skip counting, and times tables. It also strengthens children’s observational and critical thinking skills.
How we teach children about patterns is important, too. Strengthening short term memory, working memory, and inhibitory control is essential for children to have the skills necessary to produce more complex patterns. While having children repeat and extend patterns is a good starting point, it is also important for them to be able to manipulate and recreate patterns that they observe with different objects.
5 ACTIVITIES TO HELP PRESCHOOLERS PRODUCE OTHER PATTERNS
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