Monday, 26 March 2012

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Montessori Activity: Teaching Pattern Recognition to Toddlers




Age: From 2.5 years old

Objectives:
1. To reinforce visual discrimination.
2. To refine eye-hand coordination.
3. To teach colours and shapes.
4. To get the child ready for Maths.
5. To teach logic.

Materials:
1. Pattern blocks enough for the pattern card
2. 1 Pattern card

Directions:
1. Introduce your child to the different shapes e.g. triangle, square, trapezoid, diamond, hexagon, etc.

2. Show your child how to form the same the pattern on the pattern card.

3. Invite your child to try.

4. Once he has successfully done so, encourage him to form the same pattern below the pattern card.

Additional Information:
Joshua (3Y11D) tried this for the first time today. He could do the simple design easily. I should probably have let him try this at a younger age. This is a good way to teach pattern. The next time, I will pick a slightly more complex design for him to try.

I am very happy that I bought the pattern blocks as it is fun and educational. I could not find it in Copenhagen (perhaps I did not try hard enough), but I got the pattern blocks from amazon:


Confessions of a Homeschooler have the most simple, cool and beautiful cards. You can download from her blog here.

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