Let's begin with Talk and Background Knowledge
This book is a book about real information, but it has great colors and patterns in it. It’s about patterns and how you make them.
As children get older they follow directions, repeat your words, respond to what you say with words, phrases, and then whole sentences. Listening to children while they speak is as important as talking to them. - from Saroh Ghoting's website.
I See A Pattern Here by Bruce Goldstone
Now this book isn't your usual read aloud, I don't read every page, but talk about different kind of patterns and then we go around and with each child I point out what kind of pattern they might have on. One has on a striped shirt, one has dots, another has on just a plain color, so we talk about how not everyone has a pattern on all the time, but we can see patterns when they are there.
Next I use Play by using a piece of puzzle and showing how you can slide a pattern, turn the pattern or flip it over. Then we play with markers and make our own patterns.
We’ll make an AB pattern an ABC and an ABB pattern. I choose purple and green and fill in an AB pattern and talk about what that is. Then on the next line add a yellow marker and make an ABC pattern. We finish by going back to just the green and purple and making an ABB pattern.
In between books we sing and dance, my group loves Laurie Berkner's The Goldfish song.
Read Aloud II
Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall
The book is fun to see how the different vehicles overtake each other and drive back and forth and see the pattern change.
We sing and dance with shakers.
I pass out a book set or two and have the children read together, to each other, to their caregivers, to me. We need to make sure that children have books in their hands, know how they work, pretend to read, and play with books so they are ready to learn to read when they get to Kindergarten.
Book sets - Checkers and Dot by J. Torres and Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury
We play again with clapping and make a pattern by clapping, so we can move and have a lot of fun that way too.
Patterns are a key math skill our children need to know when they enter school. Patterns are things—numbers, shapes, images—that repeat in a logical way. Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills.
This information comes from the Zero to Three website
Here’s a website for helping preschoolers learn patterns.