By: Victoria Doan
Patterns are designs that repeat themselves (Fox & Schirrmacher, 2015). They can be made with an array of tools, objects, colors, shapes, lines, and more (Fox & Schirrmacher, 2015). Patterns fill our lives and we can find them everywhere and anywhere. All we have to do is look.
Children can benefit from learning to recognize patterns because it can facilitate their math and reading skills (Fox & Schirrmacher, 2015). Educators can start teaching children about patterns by first bringing their attention to patterns in their surroundings. In doing so, children can become more attuned to their environment.
Educators should not feel confined to finding patterns inside the classroom. In fact, nature is abundant with patterns. National Geographic has a photo gallery dedicated to patterns in nature. Educators can show children these photos as examples and then bring children outdoors to find their own patterns.
Once children can recognize patterns, educators can help them create their own patterns. Some example of materials educators can provide for children can be found on Morin’s (2016) blog post. Educators can also create their own patterns with the children to model pattern-making. Children should also be encouraged to create patterns together to encourage collaboration!
Examples of Patterns
This photo was taken outside the Commerce Court. It shows an air vent with alternating horizontal and vertical slits. Its placement was interesting because it was found on the pavement. This shows that finding patterns is not limited to what can be seen at eye level.
This pattern was taken at the SLC at Ryerson University.It is the ceiling on the first floor.
Patterns are surrounded by many of the materials around us. This picture shows a classroom ceiling with lights and tiles that alternate and is thus an example of a repeating pattern.
Patterns can be incorporated into our everyday life including through clothing like the one seen at Sears. This pattern is black squares in contrast with white spacing that is seen going horizontal in a straight line.
This pattern was taken at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson University. It is the pattern of the room divider between the fitness centre and the café. This pattern includes grey circles in rows with limited space in between.