Part of the Big Ideas

Patterns are sequences (repeating or growing) governed by a rule; they exist both in the world and in mathematics.

With experience, young children get “tuned in” to patterns and deepen their understanding of them both in the classroom and in the world. Teachers can build on children’s natural tendency to find patterns everywhere in order to make children’s knowledge more precise and mathematical.

© Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.

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