Friday, October 3, 2014
Seeing Patterns in Nature
Early math and early reading emphasize patterns. Most early childhood education emphasizes linear pattern. You know like: A B A B A...What comes next?
But patterns are much more complex than that, and the natural world is a great place to begin to see that. We headed out to the back yard earlier this week to see what kinds of patterns we could find.
We talked about how patterns don't always repeat themselves visually in a line, sometimes it can be in other shapes like spirals or circles.
So Chobie learned about the concept of radial symmetry. We looked different examples in plants around the yard.
Then made our own pattern with found materials in an excellent moment of mathematical and artistic synthesis.
A few days later we also stumbled upon some rare and wondrous earth star mushrooms in the woods behind our house, which also display radial symmetry. I didn't have my camera on me, but there may be pictures soon.
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