Room One: Teaching Patterns in Preschool 

Patterning is a basic math skill upon which many mathematical concepts are based. Basic math skills, such as patterns, help establish a strong foundation for learning more advanced math concepts later.

Developmental Sequence of Pattern Skills

Here’s the developmental sequence for teaching patterning skills to our young children in Preschool or Pre-K.

•  Stage 1:Child can recognize a pattern

•  Stage 2:Child can describe a pattern

•  Stage 3:Child can copy a pattern

•  Stage 4:Child can extend a pattern

•  Stage 5:Child can create a pattern

Basic patterns include two items, or AB. More complex patterns include ABC, ABC; AABB,AABB; AAB,AAB; ABB, ABB

It can take months or even an entire school year for preschoolers to achieve mastery of patterning. For this reason we provide our students with plenty of patterning practice all year long. Our objective is that our students recognize, describe, copy, extend, and create patterns at the end of the school year. 

These are the different ways we use to make patterns:

•  Sound/Rhythm

•  Movement

•  Concrete objects

•  Color

•  Shape

•  Size