Monday, January 3, 2011

Almost every day of vacation Anna did a couple of pages from her Mathematical Reasoning Level B book that we received for review from Timberdoodle (I plan to write a full review for the next math links post). I let her choose her work in this book. She selected the page on the line of symmetry and after looking at the exercises for a minute announced, It’s time to fold and cut paper! Math lesson was cut short as we pulled out construction paper and got into folding, drawing and cutting – first simple shapes like hearts, then more complicated Christmas trees and people. She really enjoyed this exercise and in the process pointed out to me that some shapes have more than one line of symmetry even though the book didn’t mention this fact. It was a lot of fun to see how self-directed she was in her desire to make and then decorate her symmetrical shapes. She tried to keep symmetry while decorating as well and was particularly proud of this “pretty girl”. When we visit the library next time, I will check out Let’s Fly a Kite from MathStart series by Stuart Murphy, but I think she really took a symmetry lesson to heart and created some fun art at the same time.

I am linking this post to Math Links hosted by Joyful Learner.

Phyllis said...

Much more fun than the workbook page, too. I am sure.

Christy said...

She did a great job! I have to add that I am not surprised though; she picks up on concepts so quickly.

April said...

That is great to see how she used the concept of symmetry in her cutting

Mom and Kiddo said...

I never thought about that activity as one for symmetry. It looks like fun. We'll have to do something like that, too.

ενα said...

Oh cute! such a great activity, awesome how it was self-directed too ;)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I agree with Phyllis, this looks like a lot more fun than a workbook page :)

Gaik Ling said...

smart girl!

Debbie said...

Her little girl looks so pretty. I agree with Phyllis and Leah, as well. I know Selena would enjoy cutting her way through symmetry over the workbook.

Ticia said...

That's pretty dang symmetrical. I love her pretty girl.

Joyful Learner said...

It's interesting how her love for patterns shows up in her art work! Reading through everyone's math posts is giving me so many ideas. Thanks for sharing.

MaryAnne said...

She drew a very pretty girl - I love it!

That's really neat that she was able to extend the symmetry lesson on her own!

The girl who painted trees said...

That's a neat extension of the math workbook page. We read Let's Fly a Kite Bear loved it because it takes place on the beach. It explains symmetry at a very simple level.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

You know, I didn't think to have Joe cut paper for symmetry when we did those pages near the front of the book, but I will now--thank you!