Tuesday, November 08, 2011

math mixed with art and nature

I am really loving this 1st grade Waldorf curriculum  by Donna Simmons. We just finished a math block and enjoyed how nature and art is brought into every lesson. Each topic is taught with a story. First we gathered nuts to use for counting and then made the various math symbols out of bees wax. We made squirrels out of wax to represent addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and drew pictures from the math story next to the math equations for that day. I wish I had learned math this way growing up. It really seems to make it come alive and develop the true reasoning behind each concept. Instead of merely memorizing it, I feel like Jetta is understanding it with her hands, her heart and her mind.

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