## How useful are patterns to you as a student and as an individual?

Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. They also help children learn how to make logical connections and use reasoning skills. Patterns can be found everywhere in our daily lives and should be pointed out to small children.

### How do you spot a pattern?

There are two really easy ways to develop pattern recognition skills:

- Be born with them.
- Put in your 10,000 hours.
- Study nature, art and math.
- Study (good) architecture.
- Study across disciplines.
- Find a left-brain hobby.
- Don’t read (much) in your own discipline.
- Listen for echoes and watch for shadows.

**What can you say about mathematics in nature?**

A few examples include the number of spirals in a pine cone, pineapple or seeds in a sunflower, or the number of petals on a flower. The numbers in this sequence also form a a unique shape known as a Fibonacci spiral, which again, we see in nature in the form of shells and the shape of hurricanes.

**What is wave pattern in nature?**

– Waves: The wave pattern is most often seen when looking at the ocean from above. However, you can also see wave pattern in nature when the wind blows through the grass. This complex spiral pattern, which has complex mathematical realities, also helps to maximize energy flows.

## What are patterns Why is it important to observe patterns?

The ability to recognize and create patterns help us make predictions based on our observations; this is an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations. Patterns allow us to see relationships and develop generalizations.

### What are patterns in nature called?

These patterns are called fractals. A fractal is a kind of pattern that we observe often in nature and in art. As Ben Weiss explains, “whenever you observe a series of patterns repeating over and over again, at many different scales, and where any small part resembles the whole, that’s a fractal.”