This kids are 1,4, and 5 at this point last. There are leaves everywhere from the Sycamore tree. So where there is nature, there is math. 🙂
This was really a great time for us to be together outside and looks for leaves. My older ones were particular about the way the leaves looked. It took a bit of time, but it was worth it. There was a lot of comparing and contrasting to see which one was smallest to biggest, but it came naturally, as it should.
The boys were helping me put the spiral together with the leaves, but the rest of the leaves were calling out to them to play. 🙂 I finished the rest of the spiral and they did get to see that we can make art out of nature. That same day, one made a horse out of leaves, while the other one was still trying to find the smallest leaf and the perfect leaf. 🙂
What Math Concepts Were Learned?
- Biggest to Smallest, Smallest to Biggest
- Compare and Contrast
- Problem Solving
- Spatial Reasining when putting together the spiral
Something to Think About:
When Autumn comes, there is a lot to explore and play with. There are rocks, sticks, leaves, acorns, and such to compare and contrast. Then make art with it!
Remember, it is not that you get there first in learning, it is that you get there in the first place.