Today we looked at patterns in nature. When we looked at the daffodil growing in our yard we were inspired to draw flowers of our own. This was a great way to teach the idea of radial symmetry. Radial symmetry is when a shape is symmetrical around a central axis. To show the kids this, you first draw a circle and cut it into equal fractions. The daffodil is symmetrical (well nearly) in 6 equal parts.
Once you have divided your circle into 6 equal fractions of 1/6 you show your child how what ever you do in one fraction you have to do in the others.
Just like in nature, when the kiddos drew their pictures they were not exactly symmetrical. This is what made each one unique and gave it the artist's signature!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.