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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Different Ways of Looking at the Patterns

A lot of mathematic observations can be made by looking at the patterns numbers make. Using graph paper with different size blocks, have your students color according to number patterns. First have them build the patterns using Unifix cubes. For example, the number two would have two colors in an A-B-A-B pattern. Have them then pick one of the colors and trace the patterns they make in the blocks with a black marker.

Notice how James would color each block of the pattern in order, Sam would get the pattern and color whole sections, one color at at time and that Alex would color one color at a time.

They can then transfer those patterns to other materials.

Here they are using toothpicks in groups of four.

This makes an easy bridge to the patterns of multiplication.

Multiplication seems less scary and foreign if it is considered as patterns because patterns are familiar even to a young child.

And for Living Math, this is a great book to go with a study of patterns.


  1. Ya know, I am simply AMAZED by numbers and all the patterns they create- this is an EXCELLENT way to demonstrate that!

  2. You know, the longer and longer I work with hands-on math, the more the patterns become obvious. If only I had known when I was in school!

  3. Do you use a curriculum? I love all the activities you've presented!


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