As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mighty Math Monday: Pattern Block Patterns from Lory's Page

Math Objectives:
* To work with ABAB, ABB, ABC, ABBC, ABCB, etc. patterns
* To understand the flow of the patterns and continue each one
* To create your own patterns
* To recall the names of shapes and the characteristics of each one (# of sides, # of corners, length of sides, etc.)

* Printables from Lory's Page
* Pattern Blocks or Paper Pattern Blocks Printable from Teacher Vision (if needed)
* Scissors (optional)

*Print out the patterns from Lory's Page, making sure the patterns you print are on your child's level.  You can cut out each strip or just leave them together like we did.

* Starting with the basic ABAB pattern, have your child say the shape pattern aloud and figure out which shape comes next.  They can place the next 2 shapes on the empty spots in each row.

* Continue with each page, ending with the "create your own" patterns.  Demonstrate by making one yourself, then allow your child to do the others.  Don't forget to make sure your kiddos know the names of the shapes and their characteristics!

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