There is recently an increased awareness of nature in learning. Reports and books and films have been written on our childrens’ connection to nature and what might be the future and our ill health if we loose that connection. Moves to get the classroom outside or the outdoors in are taking place all around.
We can learn this natural number language.
I wonder whether there is a way to learn about numbers in the context of nature. Numerical patterns govern growth in nature. Natural Geometry is all around us, we just have to look to discover numbers manifest in shapes and patterns of nature.
The Smart Happy Project is everything you want them to do before they turn the TV on. Its here to create smart and happy children by getting them connected with nature and numbers.
Time to wonder.
Taking time to wonder is important, to ask questions and appreciate the nature around us. Learn to love and observe the natural world and to foster a life long love of nature. Many that spent their time as a child ‘wondering’ at nature have grown to become adult custodians of nature that are passionately in love with all things natural, having chosen pastimes and careers that include the natural world.
Connect your children to nature and natural geometry.
So this is what The Smart Happy Project is.
- Taking time to wonder at nature
- To observe and document the natural world; as in the great traditions of natural history study.
- To learn to see shapes and patterns in nature.
The Smart Happy Project publication launches soon, read more about what it will be and who is involved.
extract from “Kith : the Riddle of the Childscape” by Jay Griffths as featured in Guardian Weekend magazine 04/05/13
‘…Education researchers worked with -an israeli artist Yaacov Agam- to further develop and test a program he created to teach visual literacy based on a theory of shapes and how they combine to make everything from alphabetic letters to great art…………Why are we so confident that children will benefit from these activities in so many ways? Along with the Agam developers, we conducted extensive research on the program. Children showed gains in geometric and spatial skills. They showed pronounced benefits in math and writing readiness. They even increased their IQ scores. Children are better prepared for school-and life-when they can think about and use the tools of basic geometric ideas.’
to see the full article go to http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/early-math-introducing-geometry-young-children