Kindergarten Hitomi

Why are patterns important?

Posted on October 13, 2012

by Ms. Hitomi on October 13, 2012

I thought it was important to write about our math unit on pattern because a parent didn't understand why the math pattern unit was so long and why we were spending so much time on patterns. I think she was trying to ask, "Why are patterns important?" After that conversation I was wondering if parents were thinking the same. Why are we spending so much time on patterns? Why are patterns important?

The past couple of weeks the children have been learning about patterns. The Kindergartners have been busy learning, creating, and finding different types of patterns inside and outside of our classroom. One of their homework assignment was to bring in a pattern from home and to make a pattern book.

Patterns At School

Examples From Pattern Books P1050600.jpg

Patterns From Home

Hundreds Board
This is an example from a student from last year. She realized that each column had a pattern. Every number in the first column has a one, in the second column each number has a two and so on. This student saw the pattern after she wrote the number 32. Did you notice the erase marks on 16 and 21? She realized her mistakes and independently made the corrections.

There are patterns when counting by tens, fives, and twos. Counting by groups is an early introduction to multiplication.

The children noticed that there are patterns everywhere. They have discovered patterns in their reading level books and the dance that Mrs. Koshi has been teaching them. Patterns are not just seen or used in math. Listen to music, look at fabrics or fashion, buildings, balls (footballs, baseballs, tennis balls), conference schedules (lecture, break, lecture, break for lunch, lecture), nature, and furniture. Learning about patterns in Kindergarten is to build a better understanding of numbers, but also to raise students' cognitive awareness of patterns in relationship to other areas beyond mathematics. We want to imprint this concept of patterns because the concept is the the building block for higher levels of mathematics (e.g., statistics, measurement, algebra, physics, etc.)

Notes of Appreciation
-Thank you all for your time and donations for Mid-Pacifics Institute 10th Moon Over Manoa.
-Thank you K.C.'s mom for being our Guest Reader. We enjoyed both stories.
-Thank you Uncle David, W.D.'s (Mrs. Matsumoto's student) dad for teaching us about fire safety and sharing how firefighters help our community.