Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Circles Art

Pre-Kindergarteners enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at All Saints’ Episcopal School recently donned their math goggles and engaged in a mathematics activity using the visual arts as a lens.

The children learned about the American painter, Wayne Thiebaud (1920 – present), and used his “Seven Suckers” (1970) as a springboard to discussing attributes and real-life examples of circles.

Students created their own Thiebaud-inspired masterpieces by coloring in 4-inch circles cut from cardstock, and then attaching a craft stick to the back of it, making their own sucker. They also adorned a coloring page, created in the spirit of Thiebaud’s “Seven Suckers.”

This integrated math-art lesson also featured a reading of, “What Is Round?” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, that enabled the children to see a plethora of circles in their world.

Put on your math goggles and see math in art!

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