Thursday, March 22, 2012

Patterning

I've started another sewing project, making something for Ryan - will update tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some photos taken about two weeks back of Ryan doing a patterning exercise.


Generally, I prefer to use counters or manipulatives instead of worksheets (although we have done a few patterning worksheets). I feel that it makes things a bit more attractive and fun for Ryan. The ones in the photos are bento picks which I bought from Daiso (the blue stuff is playdough!). We have many other counters/manipulatives - I'll take some photos of our "collection" to show you.


Patterning is not confined to counters/manipulatives and worksheets of course. You can do patterning with simple things like socks or clothes hangers or shoes or anything really. There are also patterns to be found in our surroundings, in our day-to-day activities, and in the most familiar places. I'll elaborate in another post!


Ryan is doing two sets of patterns here, both in ABCABC format. I would advise that, if you want to do patterning with your child, get the ABAB pattern absolutely mastered before you go on to other patterns.

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