Friday, February 20, 2015

Crazy Shape Quilt

K5 explored shapes, patterns and repetition this week by making quilts.

As part of our TechnoKids curriculum, we looked at how shapes can be repeated to make larger patterns. Of course the programmer in me recognizes that these are fundamental concepts for recursion and loops but four and five year olds are not ready for that big of a jump!

The idea of quilts was especially poignant as we've experienced below zero temperatures this week. I also like how the focus was not on a student's ability to color neatly or stay in the lines. Splashes of color catch the eye and the bulletin board looks even better from a distance. With three different classes all contributing, it also helps them to see how their small contribution becomes an important part of a larger whole.