This week we've been doing a lot more math than usual. Or rather we've been playing and talking a lot more math than usual. Specifically, it was all about symmetry.
We went out on math scavenger hunts and checked objects for symmetry with a special symmetry checker tool (usually a pine needle or a small stick).
We mirrored each one's movements sort of like live mirrors of each other.
Tried making some symmetry art with markers...
... and with paint.
Folded and cut paper and created beautiful math stories...
... about a lonely small pine tree in the deep woods and a ray of sunshine
... about a small fish being chased into seaweeds by a big stinging jellyfish
... about a horde of giraffes snacking on palm fronds in the heat of African day
... and about a small black kitten in a dark room
Finding symmetry seems to be easy for M. He quickly identifies one or more lines of symmetry in objects. He also built a very small collection of things that are symmetrical - a globe, a small clay pot, a magnolia leaf.
He seems to be interested most in the story-telling aspect of it though. If there's a story that can be spun out of a game, he'll play it (or watch and listen) for a long time. If not, his attention wanders off quickly.
Next week - grids galore!