ERIC Number: ED108964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
A Rhythmic Approach to Mathematics. Classics in Mathematics Education, Volume 5.
Somervell, Edith L.
This book is a reproduction of a monograph written in 1906 to advocate the use of curve stitching in the early school years. The book was originally accompanied by a set of punched cards depicting geometric shapes; each card could be used in the construction of many varied designs. The book's preface is written by Mary Boole, to whom the technique is attributed by the author. Both the preface and the text itself praise the use of curve stitching as promoting both aesthetic satisfaction and subconscious awareness of pattern, harmony, and relationships among objects. The importance of using pleasing colors and of allowing the child to work out his own rules for stitching is stressed. Methods of developing the curve of pursuit, the parabola, and other curves are described. Many figures illustrating the principles used and plates displaying complex designs completed by children of various ages are included. (SD)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Experiential Learning, Geometric Concepts, Graphs, History, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Education, Pattern Recognition, Sewing Instruction, Symmetry
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.