Intuitive Patterner: Foundations

Detects and uses patterning implicitly and intuitively, such as in movement activities or common nursery rhymes that repeat words and action. May be attentive to repeating patterns without recognizing them explicitly or accurately, often attending to individual attributes such as color.


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Other Examples:

  • An infant makes squealing and cooing noises in response to anticipation of a known item (i.e., bottle) in a routine.
  • A toddler recognizes patterns in a story or song.
  • An infant can recognize patterns naturally through a playful sing-song voice

Help your student become a(n) Intuitive Patterner: Foundations

Although understanding mathematical patterns can be challenging, children are naturally sensitive to patterns in their life, such as actions, behaviors, music and rhythms, visual displays, and so forth. Experiences throughout the day, with songs, books (Brown bear, brown bear, etc.), dancing, routines, designs (e.g., stripped shirt), and noticing when appropriate that they are in patterns, builds a foundation for explicit knowledge of mathematically defined patterns.

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.