In Math we have completed our unit on addition and subtraction and have just begun to learn about patterns. We have worked on increasing, decreasing, and repeating patterns. In the coming days, we will use "t-tables" to extend patterns and solve problems. Here are some ways that you can support this learning at home:
- Play a number pattern game. Player A chooses a start number between 0 and 5 (e.g., 2). Player B decides how to change the number and states the next number (e.g., The pattern is "add 3" and the next number is 5). Player A then continues the pattern by saying "8", and so on. The first person to reach or pass 50 wins. You can also begin the game with a larger number and subtract. In this case, the winner would be the first to reach "0".
- Point out ways in which patterns are used to create clothing, footwear, displays in stores, interior designs, exterior brickwork or patio designs, and so on.
- Have your child record personal activities, such as sports, club meetings, music lessons, watching favourite TV program, that he or she participates in daily or weekly for a calendar month. Have your child describe any patterns he or she sees.
- Your child can play "Guess the Number" with household members. Have your child make up an equation with a missing number and then say, for example, "I'm thinking of a number. When you add 3 to my number you get 7. Guess my number." Players can take turns making up equations and guessing numbers.