Patterns: An Introduction

I want to share with you about language patterns you will find in children’s picture books. There are eight of them.

There are reasons we want to teach language patterns, but I’m not saying you need to teach the patterns directly to the child you are reading to, but you can point them out.

One of the reasons we point out patterns is because patterns help us predict. Just like with behavior, when you know the pattern of someone’s behavior, it is easier to predict it.

Well, when children can predict what is going to come next in a text it helps them read. It helps them with their decoding by clues of what the word might be. Being able to predict also helps them with their understanding or comprehension.

So, I am going to point out language patterns for the purpose of being able to predict, which will then help increase comprehension. Remember, reading is about making meaning.

We want children to gain meaning, not just bark at the text, or the print, but to have an experience in which they gain understanding, hopefully, of themselves, of their world, and of the books they read.

Patterns Introduction Video