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Patterning

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Noticing patterns is a very basic preschool concept that forms the foundation for future mathematical learning. Children begin to notice simple repetitive patterns such as colour or shape then progress to more complex patterns like size and quantity. Learning what came before and what comes next can be challenging for some children so having an example for them to copy can be helpful. Reinforcing the pattern concept can be done informally like setting the table for dinner or in a more structured fashion using counters or purposely designed patterning objects.