But My Kids Hate Math
Well, maybe your kids don’t hate math, but parents struggle with getting their kids excited and confident about learning math. Remind your kids that math isn’t only about formulas and numbers, but it’s also about fun real-life examples.
You can do this by bringing math home from the classroom and into their daily lives. Kids will get excited when they can see the numbers and formulas applied in everyday examples. Need ideas? Check out our blog to help your kids discover mathematical concepts through hands-on exploration and play!
I was fortunate enough to visit downtown Los Angeles just in time to see this beautiful geometry installation by Hybycozo at the City National Plaza. The purple object on the left is an icosahedron, and the green one on the right — a truncated octahedron. The icosahedron is one of the 5 Platonic solids discovered several thousand years ago. Here is a picture of the Platonic solids from Johannes Kepler’s work, Harmonices Mundi, in 1619:read more
This is a time of year when many of us are running around frantically shopping for gifts. Caught up in the spirit of the holidays, I was looking for some math-themed gift wrap as part of a holiday promotion for Geometiles. In the middle of all the madness, this winter holiday giftwrap caught my eye because of its rotational symmetry. To most people “symmetry” means “mirror symmetry”. But to mathematicians, mirror symmetry is just one of the four types of symmetry used to classify patterns. The other three types of symmetry are rotational, translational, and glide reflection.read more