Wife, Mummy, Nurse: 3 Books about Patterns

07 January 2016

3 Books about Patterns

About 6 weeks ago, Charis's math unit was about patterns. But no matter how Drew and I explained it or tried to show her with various items around the apartment, it was like hitting a brick wall. The girl was not understanding the concept. I was getting frustrated, decided to cancel the rest of the school day, and walked to the library. As I waited patiently (or not so patiently) for my daughter to choose her books, I found 3 books on patterns! I grabbed them quickly off the shelf and checked them out. At home for the next week, Charis and I read the books together, talked about the pictures, drew patterns on paper, and made patterns out of Duplos and Legos. It worked. I think she just needed more time to grasp the unit. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What are PATTERNS? - Jane Brocket
When something is repeated or set out in a special order, it creates a PATTERN.
The author then shows pictures of everyday items. The pictures are vivid and colorful. I like the brevity of words on the pages. We could just look and discuss the patterns with each other. (I love that she showed at least 2 pictures with hand knit items.)

I See a Pattern Here - Bruce Goldstone

I especially liked pages 4-5; these pages had 8 different strings with beads on and the reader was asked, "What's Next?" These pages were a wonderful exercise for further discussion. The last two pages give you ideas for creating your own pattern.

Patterns - Sara Pistoia

Of the 3 books, this one was my least favorite. It was too wordy (for my taste) and seemed to expect the reader to just be able to soak the information up with limited interaction.

What tools have your used to help your students or children understand patterns?


  1. I love, love, love that you took a break when you both needed it and then found some books that helped! Awesome, and totally the way educating should be done! Well done!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!