CoH celebrates National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month logoThis week’s Carnival of Homeschooling treats us to snippets of poetry along with a variety of informative, inspiring articles about education in general and homeschooling in particular. The Tutor writes:

It cannot be a coincidence that it is National Poetry Month and I’m hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this month. I mean a homeschooler can never resist the chance to turn something into a learning opportunity. So, prepare a nice cup of tea, find a comfy spot, call the kids to come read over your shoulder, and let’s away to the Carnival!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

It was about a year ago that Gregory K. at GottaBook first posted a new type of mathematical poem: the Fib. My kids and I joined in the fun. Now, in honor of National Poetry Month, here is my favorite Fib (by Anonymous, from the comments on the original fib post):

Hare.
Hare.
They mate.
Now there’s three.
Mate again, now five.
And again, now there’s eight bunnies.
[Now thirteen bunnies, and counting. Mom will be pissed off.]

This poem connects the Fib format to the source of the Fibonacci numbersLeonardo of Pisa‘s story problem about the multiplying rabbits.


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2 thoughts on “CoH celebrates National Poetry Month

  1. Oooh, I’d forgotten that Fib! (This is where I cleverly say something like “you know my memory — hare today, gone tomorrow). Thanks for the shout out, and happy National Poetry Month AND Mathematics Awareness Month.

  2. You know, since this is a math blog, I really ought to do something clever for Mathematics Awareness Month—but between homeschooling, workshop prep, and spring cleaning, I don’t think I have any “clever” left in me. I wonder who picks these Week of Whatever or National Something-or-other Month thingies, anyway.

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