Well, I hadn’t planned on spending my day that way. But one of the great things about homeschooling is the freedom to follow rabbit trails.
While browsing the Carnival of Homeschooling, I found a link to Farm School blog’s article Fib Foolery, which sent me to Gotta Book for his articles The Fib and More Fibbery (read the comments on both threads, but be warned that some are crude) and several other posts, all of which set me off on a morning of poetic fun.
A “Fib” is a Fibonacci poem. It’s based on syllable count, like a haiku, but the lines follow the Fibonacci counting series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… Each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.
I knew what I was going to share at our Tuesday Teatime and Poetry Reading that afternoon.
Here’s the best one I’ve come up with so far:
“Eureka! I figured it out.”
The Kids Join the Fun
While we always enjoyed our tea and poetry times, that day was the only one that inspired the kids to actually write poetry themselves.
My 7yo dd was so proud to be able to count syllables and write:
While my 12yo ds really took off, creating more than a dozen Fibs. His first two are still his favorites:
But they do
Have many feathers.
Hunters like to shoot ducks a lot.
A lot by
Paul Revere’s Fan Club.
What is Paul’s last name, anyway?
Wouldn’t you like to try it, too? Please share your Fib in the comments below!
Feature photo: “Rabbit” by Save the Bay via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).
7 thoughts on “Rabbit Trails and Fibonacci Poetry”
How creative to combine the Fibonacci Sequence with poetry! This definitely gets kids to pay attention to the numbers, in order to use them. If you use something, you tend to understand and remember it far better than just hearing about it.
I wonder what other number patterns would work?
Haiku, of course. And I’ve heard of people writing Pi-ku with the first few digits of pi. I imagine you could do this with almost any series that didn’t get unwieldy too fast. Doubling or times-three, maybe?
Love the Pi-ku idea. Tough for grownups, but I have a feeling preschoolers are a wiz at it!
Thank you very much.
I love this, Melanie! So glad you enjoy my blog. 🙂
Cannon that explodes
They are so good on all terrain
Hi, Nicky! Micah’s poem reminds me of Sunday School, when the kids have time to doodle before church starts. The girls all draw houses and flowers, and the boys mostly draw explosions. Sometimes guns or robots, accompanied by big blasts. 😀