This month Maria from Penguin Childcare Cairns North is setting up provocations relating to the mathematical concept of PATTERNS to follow up on an interest many of the children had a little earlier in the year when we used to make patterns with the xoxo blocks.
Joseph made some patterns on the light table including red/yellow/red/yellow and circle/triangle/circle/triangle and then piled all the coloured shapes onto the light box and said “Miss Maria, look! I made a rainbow!”
Max made a green stick / brown pinecone / green stick pattern and then became very excited when I showed him the black and white gem stones. He and Maxime both worked hard on several different patterning combinations including black/white/black/white, black/black/white. I also modelled to Max how to represent his patterns on paper and he drew a little.
Ashleigh & Shaya also made patterns using the black & white gems.
From this activity the children were able to demonstrate:
*showing confidence & interest in exploring patterns & relationships
*exploring mathematical thinking, concepts & language
*showing enthusiasm for learning & curiosity
*problem solving & investigating
*showing confidence, interest & involvement in learning
*creatively representing ideas
For more fantastic, educational, mathimatical activities visit our other blog: Math’s fun at Carins North