Messy Maths - Exploring Graph Paper - Lesson 1
So here's my idea. In the years of home education, the path to learn maths and what we should learn is somewhat overwhelming. I'd like to tackle that in a minimalistic kind of way.
No expensive curriculum. Just some activities online to inspire and some simple tools like rulers, compasses and (graph) paper.
This is lesson 1!
What you need:
- graph paper
- tools of your choice - ruler, compass, stencils, pen, pencils, crayons
- Take some time to explore graph paper.
- User rulers. Compasses. Pens. Pencils. Crayons.
- Follow your child's interest and think of helping recreate the things they love
- If they feel unsure, work with them or do your own version along side to help inspire them. Allow them to look over your shoulder.
- Think of words you can use: long, longer, short, shorter, big, bigger, small, smaller, how many, more, less
Questions you could ask:
- how many of these did you make?
- how many in total?
- what and how many colors were used?
- what are the names of the colors?
- This is big, is it the biggest?
- This is small, is it the smallest?
- What's the smallest thing you can draw? (Think shapes too squares, triangles, circles)
- What's the biggest thing you can draw?
- What items are the same?
- Is there anything that you can group?
- how many squares in that shape that you drew?
- do you know how to draw a line through this?
- can you draw a line through a this point?
- can you connect these two dots?
- can you connect these three dots?
- what can we turn this circle into?
The image below is to help you brainstorm ideas.