AUTHORS: Matricardi/McLarty - ©2006
Patterns A to Z is a unique resource that presents a large variety of silhouettes to promote the use of open-ended activities with young children. The patterns are reproducible outlines that may be copied and cut out to allow children to engage in open-ended art activities. Designed to be used with a range of units, the patterns are also helpful for creating activities in the language arts, manipulative, math, and circle time areas. The sections are alphabetized to help experienced and new teachers find patterns for a theme- based curriculum, to incorporate a letter of the week, or provide a spur-of -the-moment classroom activity. Many pattern choices are given for each targeted alphabet letter and the variety of patterns allows teachers to complete a year's worth of activities. This wonderful resource includes a theme-specific index with easy-to-find activities to accompany thematic units and a sample family letter that promotes active participation from all families. Children, teachers, and families will enjoy working with the many patterns as they explore different themes and share in unique learning experiences.
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