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Great Mathematicians, Old and Young
Almost every week, I read or tell my second grade class a story about a famous mathematician. Recently, we have been reading from the book Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians and the students have been … Continue reading
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Tagged 2nd grade, addition, arithmetic, famous mathematicians, Main Line Classical Academy, pascal's triangle, patterns
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What is a pattern?
This week in Kindergarten our focus was on patterns. I began by asking the kids whether they knew what a pattern was. All said “yes” in unison. So I called on someone to tell me. “It’s when you have one … Continue reading
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Tagged books, Kindergarten, Main Line Classical Academy, mathematical art, patterns, tessellations
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What makes a pattern?
Last year, a large fraction of the small amount of math that Katie did in Kindergarten consisted of basic patterns. “Red, blue, red, blue, red” what comes next? And the more advanced version of that with three repeating colors or … Continue reading
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First Patterns
I had been wondering when I would make my first post about Katie’s younger sister Zoe. Just like I generally do with Katie, I decided that I would wait until I got inspired by something Zoe did. And so, about … Continue reading
Katie’s Triangle
Those familiar with Pascal’s Triangle would probably immediately recognize its beginnings in the following: However, as I was giving this to Katie, I realized that from this much information the pattern is far from obvious. For example, a 4 in … Continue reading
Eating Patterns
Katie was always a picky eater. There are only a few foods that she will eat consistently. However, there are a number of others that one can get into her with some amount of effort: distractions, convincing arguments, trickery, etc. … Continue reading
Patterns and Repetition
How would you explain to a little kid what a pattern is? Katie was introduced to the concept of a pattern about a year ago (not by me) and by this point she has a fairly wellformed perception of what … Continue reading