Blog by: Nichole Gur , Patterning is a concept that surrounds us in our everyday life. It appears in our classrooms, in our homes and in daily occurrences. It is defined as a repeated range of contexts, and elements (McGarvey, 2013), and thus can bridge into multiple concepts/terms in early mathematical development for kindergarten children. Such concepts are; numeracy, relational thinking, abstract manipulation and algebraic reasoning .
Patterning creates new ways of thinking and exploring the environment. It should be taught both instructively and constructively in providing children with the appropriate tools to learn this concept successfully.