Have you ever thought about the huge variety of patterns that are part of our everyday lives? If not, today could be the day!
When children become aware of patterns, they are fascinated by them and will begin to see them in everything …
Understanding what makes a pattern helps children to learn things like rhythm and time, how to make predictions and many other skills they will use in daily life. It even underlies learning about number and how to write a story.
Enjoy playing and talking together with your child today as you find patterns everywhere!
And remember, nature outside is full of patterns. Snowy or frosty days are great for pattern spotting but you need to be quick or they will disappear!
It may be a bit grey and cold outside, but there is a whole world of learning and fun out there for young children (even if the weather is so bad you can only look at it through the window!)
Learning about seasons and the changes that happen is not just about science (important as that is). It also gives children a sense of stability in how the world works and makes life more predictable.
We could all do with a little of that right now, maybe.
So today’s idea is very simple. You may be going out anyway for a walk, to go to the shops, or just to get rid of cabin fever and away from the chores
It is a way to help your child learn to notice things, to see and feel what winter is like – and chat about it for as long as they are interested