The activity from Mother Goose Time I am going to discuss here today was on "Hatchling" day, Day 3 of the Birds & Eggs theme. The activity was called Bird Life Cycle and it included a life cycle card with a spinner, and life cycle cards.
It was a great activity to help my 3 year old, Adam, learn to recognize patterns. Not only that, I felt it was a great introduction to the great philosophical question of "what comes first? The chicken or the egg?"
All of Mother Goose Time's activities have numbers listed just under their title. These numbers tell us what skill and goal the activity is focusing on. On this activity the number 18.1 was listed. I am able to quickly take a look at the Developmental Continuum to find out that the skill and specific goal in focus is the child's ability to Identify and Create Patterns.Mother Goose Time. I love having this tool, probably because of my psychology degree and having a real desire to understand why we do things the way we do.
Identifying and creating patterns enables children to recognize and quantify repetition in their environment. Early understandings of patterns correspond with later algebraic understanding. (Hindman et al,, 2010)
This particular patterning activity was neat because it was more like a game. Also, they didn't have a pattern they were copying at first but doing a little life science to figure out what order things could go in. And, all jokes aside, it had some flexibility in it's pattern because you could start with an egg and show how a chicken develops from there or start with a chicken and show how it lays and egg and develops from there.
After seeing how patterns pop up in more advanced math with my older boys, it really has motivated me to not gloss over patterns with Adam. They really are important, and as always with Mother Goose Time, they are also fun!