Last week, we decided to become the Cat in the Hat. We began by looking in books at pictures of Cat in the Hat. We took notice of his tall hat and we also took notice of a certain pattern on the Cat's hat.
After figuring out the AB pattern, we decided to create our own patterned hats. The boys got to pick any color they wanted and Logan even cut his own strips. We glued them onto a oatmeal box.
The Cat in his hat.
Talking about patterns is a perfect early math activity. Research has shown that kids who understand patterns look for things to make sense, they work with flexiblity and they are able to transfer knowledge. In the Mathematics Their Way Newsletter (which is archived here), early childhood author Mary Baratta- Lorton explained that a child who is trained to look for patterns, looks for things to make sense. She explains this concept by giving the example of a child who is asked to write the numbers 1-100. A child who looks for patterns has a way of completing the task and self-checking. A child who does not look for patterns sees the task as 100 different steps. He is frequently confused.
Interestingly, many researchers who have studied early readers have found proficient readers also look and check for things to make sense.
If you think about it, there are patterns in much of early literacy. Books such as Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? follow a repetative pattern. We share poems and nursery rhymes with children that follow a rhyming pattern. We introduce word families to help children solve unknown words by using a known pattern.
What kinds of links have you made between patterns in math and patterns in early literacy? Do you have a favorite rhyming poem or story that follows a pattern?
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