Build math sense with counting patterns
We all know the even pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8 . . . but, if you start at 1, you are still counting by two, but you get the odd numbers. If you start at any number, say 27, you will still get the odd numbers.
The 5, 10, 15 pattern, if started at 7, is 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, . . . If you use a hundreds chart, a child can see the same parallel lines going down the 2 and 7 row. She will also learn that any 7 + 5 will end with a 2 in the one's column. So that basic fact of 7+5=12 is memorized. And, by building this pattern with buttons or transparent bingo chips on a hundreds chart, the child has used visual and kinesthetic memory.
|Getting ready to sort and count the different colored tomatoes!|
Try using lego blocks and recognizing the number of bumps on the block. Change pattern, orientation, colour, number and you are giving your child a whole new world of understanding in math. Encourage the exploration of number and pattern, and you will genuinely be surprised at understanding things that you might have only learned by rote a long time ago!