Finding Connections Between Math and the Natural World
Symmetry is found everywhere you look in nature. It is also one of the most critical themes in art, architecture, and even design. As we study line, symmetry has been a natural addition to enrich our girls learning. When thinking about symmetry, it is one of the most powerful mathematical concepts we can teach during the foundational years.. The study of symmetry can be both simple or complex depending on the designs and patterns. Introducing our girls to symmetry helps them become aware of a truly critical mathematics concept. When the girls begin to design their own patterns, they start thinking in terms of what patterns they like and want to work on themselves. After teaching an introductory lesson about symmetry, our girls instantly became fascinated and began searching for examples of symmetry in nature and in art. With the changing temperatures the girls became so interested in our chances to see snow this year. Their interest combined with a connection to the natural world led us on a study connecting math, science, and creativity. We hope you enjoy the beauty that we found when looking closely at snowflakes.