From the Greek words geo (earth) and metria (to measure). So Geometry literally means to measure the earth. We love learning Greek and Latin roots. No formal curriculum or books. Just learning the words as we go along.
Tucker (3) having fun with the geo board
We have had these geo boards for a few years, but I just brought them out again this week. Each activity is self contained with all the supplies needed.
On a sudden inspiration this weekend, I made up these little "challenge" cards with our geo boards. We have never discussed different types of triangles before, so on each side is a question (i.e. can you make an isosceles triangle?) and the other side defines the triangle, and has an illustration. What a fun painless way to introduce this concept.
And check out these cool pages I printed off from Enchanted Learning. Each has a pattern to cut out and glue three demential shapes. I printed out a handful, and placed them in a tray with glue and scissors. The children love seeing how they can turn a flat shape into a three dimensional shape. Adalia (12) has been making these and illustrating them to represent the twelve days of Christmas.
We've had a ton of fun learning this week, and I hope you've enjoyed this peek into our math class.
Well, I didn't win the Divine Caroline I Love This Site! Award. I came in fourth on the popular vote, and that was really cool. Thanks to all of you who voted for me.
Math was never my favorite subject in school. In fact, I hated it. I literally celebrated when I took my last math class in college, realizing I would never have to take a math class again in my whole life. I hated memorizing theorems and formulas, having no idea what they meant it real life, then spending hours plugging these into made up problems in my textbook..it was torture. I got an A in every college level math class I took, but I hated every minute of it.