Patterns A to Z is a unique resource that presents a large variety of silhouettes to encourage teachers and families to use open-ended activities with young children. The reproducible patterns may be copied and cut out to allow children to engage in open-ended art activities, as well as in language arts, manipulative, math, and circle time areas. Designed to be used with a range of units, the patterns fulfill children's' needs to be creative without the fear of "going outside the lines." 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. A theme-specific index makes activities to accompany units easy to find, and the sample Family Letter encourages active family participation from all families. Patterns A to Z provides a plethora of silhouettes to enhance the child's experience with open-ended activities. Children, teachers, and families will enjoy working with the many patterns as they explore different themes and share in unique learning experiences.
Joanne Matricardi is an early childhood instructor and preschool director with a B.A. in psychology and social work, an M.Ed. in early childhood education and an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction. She has 25 years¿ experience teaching young children. She has been recognized as 2000 Teacher of the Year at Maxwell High School and as part of Teachers as Leaders in 1999 in the Gwinnett County Public School System.
Jeanne McLarty is a preschool teacher with 16 years of teaching experience and five years¿ experience as a preschool director. She is a member of numerous associations dedicated to childhood education, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).