Patterning helps shape higher level thinking skills. In order for a child to add on to an already created pattern, they must analyze the existing pattern and then figure out what comes next.
Without understanding patterns, we would never be able to count to 1,000 (or recognize numerals to 1,000). Think about how labor intensive it would be to memorize every single numeral to 1,000! Ah, but it’s so easy for us because we recognize the pattern.
Patterns help develop a strong mathematical foundation by building thinking and problem solving skills. They are important to become a fluent reader, as well!
Wendy Joy Yohman
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