## Finding Fall patterns

Identifying and creating patterns is a basic mathematical skill that is practiced in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  A pattern is defined as a sequence that repeats at least one time with the repetition continuing through the entire sequence.  For example, you could create a basic AB pattern by alternating blue and red blocks (blue block, red block, blue block, red block, etc.) or an ABC pattern with a red block, blue block, yellow block, red block blue block, yellow block, etc.).  Once simple patterns are learned, more complex patterns can be recognized and created.  Patterns such as ABAC, ABBC or ABCD are examples of slightly more complex patterns.  Your child’s imagination can really soar when he creates his own patterns.  As long as the sequence repeats at least once and does not change, a pattern has been created.

Fall is an especially fun time to focus on patterns, since there are so many things in nature at this time of year that can be used to create patterns.  Leaves come in various colors, shapes and sizes and acorns and other tree seeds can be found on the ground and used to create patterns.  Taking a nature walk is a fun fall activity.  Ask your child to fill a paper bag with leaves, seeds and other things (stones, perhaps) that can be found outside as the weather turns a little cooler.  Once you return home, ask your child to spill out his “bag of goodies” and spread them out on a table.