Thursday, January 30, 2014

History of Geometry - Revisited

Last academic year while we were going through our great lessons, I had presented to Disha, the Story of Geometry.  While she listened to the story it did not spark any new interests in her.  A new opportunity presented itself again this time.

As far as Math goes we do not strictly only do Montessori.  You would have seen various blog posts where we combine Singapore and RightStart Math with Montessori.  This is partly because of D's learning style.  While she likes the concrete aspect of learning things, she finds it cumbersome to use the manipulatives to gain mastery of the facts.  So while I present the initial concepts the Montessori way, repetition of the works does not happen here.  She prefers the pencil and paper workbook style for that.  We don't do only workbook/teacher's manual style here, since scripted lessons and strict lesson plans are not our style here.  Hence we mix things up quite a bit here.

Lately Disha has mastered most of the concepts needed to complete RightStart Level C.  I had been eyeing the Beast Academy books since September.  In anticipation of the completion of the RS Level, I ordered the first set of books available.  We are in love!  The concepts we've covered so far are about angles, which we had already covered in Montessori.  The comic book style format is new for us plus the workbook is not just mundane, repetitive stuff.  The work book contains puzzles and mazes that can be solved only using Mathematical concepts which works well with her.

Not totally wanting to give up the wholesome view to subjects that Montessori provides instead of compartmentalizing them into their own discrete boxes, I wanted to integrate a little bit of history with the Geometry lessons.

We started off talking about the Egyptian use of Geometry and how the Greek Mathematicians studied that as a Science.  My sources are from Montessori for Everyone and the Cultivating Dharma Albums.

 We also did a small exercise with the knotted rope like the harpenodapta - the Egyptian rope strechers. Montessori for Everyone suggests using a rope 3 feet long, I did not have it on hand, so we used a small piece of yarn and knotted it at 3, 4 and 5 inches respectively.  D got the idea so thats good!

Disha then decided to note all of this down on paper.

Then it was time for some creativity with the yarn and the pin board!

Anyway this time the lesson and Disha's interest in it was way different than before.  She is older and more into Geometry now.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you caught her interest at the right moment :) Wonderful!



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